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Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre
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!
It predates "Bonnie Strathyre" then?


(07-11-2016, 04:06 PM)JAJ Wrote: It predates "Bonnie Strathyre" then?


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JAJ: "It predates "Bonnie Strathyre" then?"

Somewhat.  Smile

There's a 1953 film about the school in Crieff with Walter Carr playing a schoolmaster, and the rest of the people actual Crieff residents. At the end they sing "Bonnie Strathyre" and I've always puzzled about it. Why? 

Someone told me it was the school song. And again I say, why? Crieff is not in Strathyre, it's in Strathearn. Strathyre is miles away. To make it worse, there is a song called "Bonnie Strathearn" [1] - why not use that?

[1] = featured in my book "Bonnie Strathearn - Songs and Music from Crieff and Strathearn" (full details).

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