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Musical Journeys


The Braes of Auchtertyre

First published in Stewart's Collection of the Newest and Best Reels and Country Dances (c.1761), The Braes of Auchtertyre was later transposed to the key of A and played as a strathspey. It's likely that it was developed from an old Lowland Scots song tune, O Dear Mother What Shat I Do? (in, e.g., McGibbon's 1742 collection).


Scotland: The Braes of Auchtertyre (traditional)

The Braes of Auchtertyre

Once a very common and popular tune, The Braes of Auchtertyre is found as both a reel and strathspey, and was published in most of the major collections of the 19th century.


Ireland: The Belles of Tipperary

The Belles of Tipperary

The Belles of Tipperary is one of the Irish descendants, as are Miss Monaghan and Paddy Cronin's Reel.


USA: Billy in the Lowground (1)

Billy in the Lowground (1)

Billy In the Lowground is widespread across America, played in Old-Time and Bluegrass traditions. The setting above is based upon a few recordings, and leans more towards the Bluegrass style, while below ius an old-time setting collected by Marion Thede. Other names for the tune are Fiddler's Drunk and the Fun's All Over and Jinny In the Lowland. In its early US history the tune is particularly associated with southern Virginia.

USA: Billy in the Lowground (2)

Billy in the Lowground (2)

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