The Maid That Tends The Goats strathspey

Also known as Brown-haired Goatherdess, Cliffy Rocks, Nighean Donn Gan Gobhar, Nighean Donn Nan Gabhar, Nighean Donn Nan Gobhar.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Maid That Tends The Goats has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Maid That Tends The Goats
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
EE D2|Ed B>A B e2 d>e G>A c2|1 dd B>A A>G:|2 dd B>A A2||
|:g>e e>d ce e eG E>D D2|EA B e2 d>e G>A c2|1 dd B>A A2:|2 dd B>A A>G||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Maid That Tends The Goats
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E2~A2 cED2|E2cd BABd|e2de GAc2|dBed BAAG|
~E3A cED2|E2cd BABd|e2de GAce|dBed BAA2||
geed cdE2|c2d2 gedc|eAcG EDD2|E2cd BABd|
geed cdE2|c2d2 gedc|e2de ceBe|cBed BAAG||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Maid That Tends The Goats
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
EE D2|EE ~c>d B>A Bd|
ee GA c2|d>B {B}e>d B>A A2:|
(gd cd E2|ce e>d|
eAcG E>D D2|Ee B>A Bd|
ee G>A c2|d>B {B}e>d B>A A2||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Maid That Tends The Goats
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E>E A>A c>E D2|E>E c>d B>ABd|
ee G>A c2|d>B e>d B>A A2:|
|:gd c>d E2|ce e>d|
eAcG E>D D2|Ed B>A Bd|
ee A2 G>A|cd B>A A2:|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Maid That Tends The Goats
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
FF E2|Fe Tc>B c f>f e>f A>B {B}d2|ee Tc>B B2||
a>f Tf>e d>e F2|de|
f>B d>A TF>E E2|Fe c>B ce|
f>f e>f B2 A>B|d>c f>e {d}c>B B2|]
ABC
X: 6
T: The Maid That Tends The Goats
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BB A2|B>B g>a|f>e f>a|
bb ab|d(e/f/) g2|f>e b>a|fe e2:|
d’>b b>g|g(a/b/) B2|gg aa|d’>b b>a|
be gd|B>A A2|B>B g>a|f>ef>a|
bb a>b|d(e/f/) g2|f>e b>a|fe e2|]
ABC

Ten comments

This is the slow reel that comes before The Haggis http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4535 on Capercaillie’s "Crosswinds". You can hear a clip of the tune here (track 5) http://www.amazon.com/Crosswinds-Capercaillie/dp/B000005CN9.

I don’t have a name for the tune as Capercaillie didn’t provide info on each tune in the set. If it’s trad, it looks as though it’s been changed substantially to suit the playing style, but I suspect it might be a Donald Shaw composition, or possibly Charlie McKerron. I’ve e-mailed the band to try and find out. If I ever find out the name, I’ll edit the details accordingly.

First time through, bar 7 of the B-part is |e2de A2GA|

;-)

I see the threat worked…

Yeah - happy now? :-)

I was surprised to find that this was an old Gaelic song. I also found some other transcriptions of the tune on the net. They all have a different B-part from the Capercaillie version (I assume the band changed the tune to make it less air-like and more like a slow reel type structure):

X: 1
T:The Maid that Tends the Goats
M:C
L:1/8
R:Strathspey
S:Gow - 2nd Repository (1802)
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
K:Amin
E<E A<A c>E D2|EE ~c>d B>A Bd|
e<e d>e GA c2|d>B {B}e>d B>A A2:|
(g<e) ~e>d cd E2|c<c d<d g>e e>d|
eAcG E>D D2|E<E c>e B>A Bd|
e<e d>e G>A c2|d>B {B}e>d B>A A2||

X: 1
T: Maid That Tends the Goats
N: O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion v.2 (Sky ed. p.73)
N: "Scotch"
M: C
L: 1/8
Q: 120 % "slow"
K: Am
E>E A>A c>E D2|E>E c>d B>ABd|
e<e d>e G>A c2|d>B e>d B>A A2:|
|:g<e e>d c>d E2|c<c d<d g>e e>d|
eAcG E>D D2|E<E c>d B>A Bd|
e<e d>e A2 G>A|c<B e>d B>A A2:|

X: 1
T:The Maid that Tends the Goats
T:Cliffy Rocks
S:Caledonian Museum book 1 p17
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:1/4=80
K:B Minor
F<F B<B d>F E2|F<F d>e Tc>B c<e|
f>f e>f A>B {B}d2|e<c f>e Tc>B B2||
a>f Tf>e d>e F2|d<d e<e a<f f>e|
f>B d>A TF>E E2|F<F d>e c>B ce|
f>f e>f B2 A>B|d>c f>e {d}c>B B2|]

X: 1
T:The Maid that Tends the Goats
S:Flute tutor (Glasgow 1838-9), Farmer 193, GUL Spec Colls, p136
N:22/3/38
M:2/4
L:1/8
Q:1/4=90
F:http://www.campin.me.uk/Flute/Webrelease/Flute/03Air/03Air.abc 2012-07-09 183202 UT
K:E Minor
B<e e<f |g>B A2|B>B g>a|f>e f>a|
bb ab|d(e/f/) g2|f>e b>a|fe e2:|
d’>b b>g|g(a/b/) B2|gg aa|d’>b b>a|
be gd|B>A A2|B>B g>a|f>ef>a|
bb a>b|d(e/f/) g2|f>e b>a|fe e2|]

X: 1
T: The Maid that Tends the Goats
M: C
L: 1/8
R: Strathspey
S: Old Blind Dogs - Four To The Floor
K: Amin
E<E A<A c>E D2|E<E c>d B>A B<d|
e2 d>e G>A c2|1 d<B e>d B>A A>G:|2 d<B e>d A>B A2||
|:g>e e>d c<d E2|c/c/c d2 g>e e<d|
e<a c>G E>D D2|E<E c<d B>A B<d|
e2 d>e G>A c2|1 d<B e>d B>A A2:|2 d<B e>d B>A A>G||

Oops, mistake

X: 1
T: The Maid that Tends the Goats
M: C
L: 1/8
R: Strathspey
S: Old Blind Dogs - Four To The Floor
K: Amin
E<E A<A c>E D2|E<E c>d B>A B<d|
e2 d>e G>A c2|1 d<B e>d B>A A>G:|2 d<B e>d B>A A2||
|:g>e e>d c<d E2|c/c/c d2 g>e e<d|
e<a c>G E>D D2|E<E c<d B>A B<d|
e2 d>e G>A c2|1 d<B e>d B>A A2:|2 d<B e>d B>A A>G||

This page was in a bit of a mess when the website converted to the new format, but I’ve tidied it up. The abc/sheetmusic at the top is now in the following order:

X: 1 = Four Blind Dogs version (this is the standard setting I like to play these days)
X: 2 = Capercaillie version (this is non-standard and the rhythm is straightened out, but still nice)
X: 3 = Gow
X: 4 = O’Farrell’s
X: 5 = Caledonian Museum (key Bmin)
X: 6 = Flute Tutor Glasgow (key Emin)

The Maid that Tends the Goats

I’m looking forward to hearing the new group Four Blind Dogs; I hear they’re touring with the Girls of the Lough, All Tanned and the Chieftones. :-)

Oops - well spotted. "Old" :-)

Wow, someone actually reads my posts. Nigel, get a life!