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Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre
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The Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre

There are two or three tunes with this name, and it's quite old. In McGibbon's Collection of 1742 we can find a 3/4 air, "Mucking of Geordy's Byer". 

Later there is a tune under the title "O Let Me In This Ae Night" which has hints of "Muckin'", but it's the air of a completely different set of lyrics. 

We do know of a 17th century song about the mucking (cleaning) of Geordie's byre (cowshed), somewhat different to later versions. The song was performed in the 1930s and 40s by bothy ballad entertainers like Willie Kem and G S Morris, and in the 1960s by their successor Andy Stewart.

The tune as we're doing it tonight is a dance band favourite, and can be heard at sessions once in a while too. It's a strong, driving jig which would be at home in a Strip the Willow set.

Oh, and I love it, by the way!
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Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre - by nigelgatherer - 07-11-2016, 09:39 AM
RE: Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre - by JAJ - 07-11-2016, 04:06 PM
RE: Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre - by nigelgatherer - 07-11-2016, 11:44 PM

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