BLUE BREIKS/BRITCHES. Scottish Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Robin Williamson speculates the title derived from some unknown social connotation, and points out licensed beggars in Scotland wore blue. The piece appears in the c. 1610 Skene Manuscript, though the earliest collection Glen could find containing the tune was Bremner's 1757 publication. See also note for "Link Him Dodie (1)/Link Him Doddie (1)," a later version of the melody.
Printed source: Bremner (Scots Reels), 1757; p. 67.
Recorded source: Flying Fish, Robin Williamson - "Legacy of the Scottish Harpers, vol. 2."
X:1 T:Blue Britches M:C L:1/8 R:Reel S:Bremner - Scots Reels (1757) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amix A(ee)d T(cA) Tc2 |B(gg)d BGBd | (A/B/c/d/ e)A TcA Tc2 | A(aa)e TcAce :| (a/g/f/e/) fd ce Tc2 | B(gg)d BGBd | (a/g/f/e/) ca eaca | Aaca eAce | (a/g/f/e/) ae fdec | B(gg)d BGBd | (A/B/c/d/) eA cA Tc2 | A(aa)e TcAce ||
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