Willie’'s drown'd at Gamry

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X:1 T:Willie’'s drown'd at Gamry N:”Old” N:Christie was a dancing master, fiddler N:and composer from Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire. M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Slow" B:Christie - Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, B:Waltzes &c. (Edinburgh, 1820, p. 15) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin A|c>B A2 (G>E)|D>E G2 zA|~c>d {cd}e3d|ce z2 ze| g>a {a}g2 fe|{e}d>c {c}B3d|c>e TE2 (D>E)|G A3 z:| |:g|a>b a2 (g>e)|~d>e g2 zg|ae (gf)(ed)|ce z2 ze| g>f e2 (dc)|(d/c/)(f/e/) {e}d2 (cA)|A<c TE2 (D>E)|G A3 z:|]



WILLIE'S DROWN'D AT GAMRY. Scottish, Air (3/4 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title is similar to that of the Child Ballad (Roud 206, Child No. 215), "Rare Willie Drowned in Yarrow, or, The Water o Gamrie", is undoubtedly related. However, Christie's tune is different than the tune usually associated with the ballad, which is from the Scottish Borders. The first two stanzas of the Child Ballad go:

O Willy's rare and Willy's fair
And Willy's wondrous bonny,
And Willy says he'll marry me
Gin e'er he marries any.

O came you by yon waterside,
Pulled you the rose or lily,
Or came you by yon meadow green,
Or saw you my sweet Willy?


Additional notes



Printed sources : - William Christie (Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, Waltzes &c.), Edinburgh, 1820; p. 15.

Recorded sources : - Ferintosh - "Ferintosh" (2007).




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