Corn Riggs barndance

Also known as The Corn Reeks, The Corn Ricks, Corn Riggs Are Bonny, Corn Rigs, The Corn Rigs, Cornriggs, The Cornriggs, Cornrigs.

There are 26 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Manchester (a few times), The Bottom Of The Punchbowl (a few times), Duncan Gray (a few times), The Morpeth Rant (a few times) and The Rattlin’ Bog (a few times).

Corn Riggs has been added to 1 tune set.

Corn Riggs has been added to 67 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Corn Riggs
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:ag|f2 ed f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|f2 ed f2 ed|e2 a2 ab ag|
f2 ed f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|Bc df ed cB|A2 d2 d2:|
|:fg|ab ag f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|ab ag f2 ed|e2 a2 a2 fg|
ab ag f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|Bc df ed cB|A2 d2 d2:||
X: 2
T: Corn Riggs
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dcde f2ed|cBcd e2A2|dcde fgef|d2 a2 a2 (3ABc|
dcde f2ed|cBcd e2A2|BcdB edcB|A2 d2 d2 (3ABc:|
|:d2 a2 fg a2|cBcd ec A2|d2 a2 fgef|d2 ab a2 (3ABc|
d2 a2 bagf|gfed cdeA|BcdB edcB|A2 d2 d2 A2:||
X: 3
T: Corn Riggs
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|G2GA B2AG| FEFG A2D2| G2GA BcBA| G2de d2D2|!
G2GA B2AG| FEFG A3D| E3D EFGE| D2G2 G2::|!
D2|G2d2 BcdB| F2A2 A2D2| G2d2 BcdB| GABc d2D2|!
G2d2 edcB| cBAG F3D| E3D EFGE| D2G2 G2:|
X: 4
T: Corn Riggs
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D2 |G2 GA B/c/B AG | F2 FG A2 D2 | G2 GA BcAB | G2 d2 d2 D2 |
G3 A B3 G | FEFG A2 D2 | E2 EG AGG/F/E | D2 G2 G2 :|
|: D2 |G2 d2 BcdG | F2 A2 A2 D2 | G2 dc BcA/B/A | G2 d2 d2 D2 |
G2 d2 edcB | cBAG GFED | E3 G AGFE | D2 G2 G2 :|
X: 5
T: Corn Riggs
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: (3DEF |G2 G>A (3BcB A>G | F>^EF>G A2 D2 | G2 G>A B>cA>B | G2 d2 d2 (3DEF |
G>FG>A B2- B>G | F>EF>G A2 D2 | E2- E>G A>GF>E | D2 G2 G2 :|
|: D2 |G2 d2 B2 d2 | F>^EF>G A2 D2 | G2 d2 B>cA>B | G2 d2 d2 D2 |
G2 d2 e>dc>B | c>BA>G F>GA>D | E2 G2 A>GF>E | D2 G2 G2 :|
X: 6
T: Corn Riggs
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A |: dcde f2ed |cBcd e2A2 |dcde f2ed |e2a2 a2-aA |
dcde f2ed |cBcd e2A2 |defd Beef |e2d2 d3f :|
|:a2a2 f2ed |cBcd e2A2 |A2a2 f2ed |e2a2 a2-aA |
d2a2 f2ed |cBcd e2A2 |defd Beef |e2d2 d4 :|

Thirteen comments

Learnt this barndance from Paul Shaughnessy at a workshop in Chew Magna in 2001.

Corn RIGS

The "folk process" has been at work again. This is a Donegal barndance version of the air from the traditional Scottish song "Corn RIGS".
The late much-lamented Tony Cuffe did a brilliant version of the song on one of "Ossian"s recordings.

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Ossian

The recording was Seal Song, also where they recorded The Sound of Sleat.

Corn Rigs - variant

Here is a variant version of this tune that I found in a New England collection of fiddle music. Note that this version is in 4/4 time.

M:4/4
L:1/8
K:D
dcde f2ed|cBcd e2A2|dcde fgef|d2 a2 a2 (3ABc|
dcde f2ed|cBcd e2A2|BcdB edcB|A2 d2 d2 (3ABc:|
|:d2 a2 fg a2|cBcd ec A2|d2 a2 fgef|d2 ab a2 (3ABc|
d2 a2 bagf|gfed cdeA|BcdB edcB|A2 d2 d2 A2:||

trevor macsheoinin

Corn Rigs - also a name for this dance:

"THE CORN RIGS"

This dance was also danced to 16 bar ‘Highlands’, this is just ‘one (2!) version’ in the family:

NOTE: as in other dances in this family, you can dance it smooth, sans the hop/skip, or with that little extra ‘lift’. I’ll describe it here with the skip, which on the whole is mainly just a lift and drop of the heel, sane considering the dance surfaces tended to be unforgiving, not ‘sprung’.

HOLD - partners facing and taking hands crossed, rights over lefts, elbows bent and down, at about chest height with compromise, man’s back (usually but not religiously) to the center of the dance space/woman facing him. Start with weight on Man’s R/Woman’s L.

PHRASE 8 bars - - -

Bar 1: dance to the side Hop-123
(M: HopLRL/W: HopRLR)

Bar 2: REPEAT with opposite footwork and direction

Bar 3: ‘Plaiting Step’ = 2 X Hop-Step
Hop (‘chugging’ forward on the ‘hop’) and bring the free foot behind and Step/REPEAT with opposite footwork.
(M: Hop,L,Hop,R/W: Hop,R,Hop,L)

Bar 4: dance ‘Plait’ once more and stepping behing 123. This can be the ‘rocking step’.
(M: HopLRL/W: Hop RLR)

Bars 5-8: REPEAT with opposite footwork and direction.

(NOTE #2: a close variant - Bars 3-4 can be just the ‘Plaiting Step’ = 4 X Hop-Step, and Bars 5-8 can be a REPEAT with the same footwork and direction.)

PHRASE 8 bars - - -

Bars 1-6: dance ‘round with 6 X Hop123, couple turning Clockwise while travelling around the dance area Anti-Clockwise (ACW/CCW).
(M begins HopLRL/W begins HopRLR)

Bars 7-8: the couple can continue dancing around with Hop123 twice more, or 4 X Hop-Step.
(Hop-Step - M: Hop,L,Hop,R,Hop,L,Hop,R/W: opposite footwork)

Here’s a version in G I found in on the ‘net that is very close to the version I learned recently (for which I don’t have the ABC). I think it’s the same tune, as a reel.
T: Corn Riggs
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: G
R: Reel
Z: Richard Robinson
D2|G2GA B2AG| FEFG A2D2| G2GA BcBA| G2de d2D2|!
G2GA B2AG| FEFG A3D| E3D EFGE| D2G2 G2::|!
D2|G2d2 BcdB| F2A2 A2D2| G2d2 BcdB| GABc d2D2|!
G2d2 edcB| cBAG F3D| E3D EFGE| D2G2 G2:|

Corn Riggs: Reel in G

Sorry I didn’t put a subject in my previous post!

Corn Rigs Are Bonny - William Coulter, Celtic Sessions

There is a nice version of this tune on William Coulter’s Celtic Sessions CD. I think it is closest to the #2 setting above.

Coulter’s version is in C.

Fits well on a Low G whistle.

Re: Corn Riggs

I am learning this tune at the moment, from a fiddler friend
of mine. He said it’s sometimes played in like this ( Donegal )
Where all the C’s are natural’s ( ie =c )
f4
X:1
T:The Corn Riggs
R:Barndance
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Dmix
|:ag|f2 ed f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|f2 ed f2 ed|e2 a2 ab ag|
f2 ed f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|Bc df ed cB|A2 d2 d2:|
|:fg|ab ag f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|ab ag f2 ed|e2 a2 a2 fg|
ab ag f2 ed|cB cd e2 A2|Bc df ed cB|A2 d2 d2:||

Re: Corn Riggs

Hi Jim - I’ve been playing the Donegal version of this for years since hearing "Beginish" play it at a concert here in Aberdeen. They called it - and recorded it - as "Corn Reeks". Didn’t have the c’s as natural though - I’ll give it a try [ but ah ha’e ma doots" :) ].

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Corn Riggs, X:6, Tom Doherty’s versions

Transcription that I made of Tom Doherty’s version on his CD "Take the Bull by the Horns".
It’s in D, but I play it in G

Re: Corn Riggs

The Rigs O’ Barley, written by Robert Burns

Tune: Corn Rigs are bonie.

It was upon a Lammas night,
When corn rigs are bonie,
Beneath the moon’s unclouded light,
I held awa to Annie;
The time flew by, wi’ tentless heed,
Till, ‘tween the late and early,
Wi’ sma’ persuasion she agreed
To see me thro’ the barley.

Chorus:
Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.

The sky was blue, the wind was still,
The moon was shining clearly;
I set her down, wi’ right good will,
Amang the rigs o’ barley:
I ken’t her heart was a’ my ain;
I lov’d her most sincerely;
I kiss’d her owre and owre again,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Chorus:
Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.

I lock’d her in my fond embrace;
Her heart was beating rarely:
My blessings on that happy place,
Amang the rigs o’ barley!
But by the moon and stars so bright,
That shone that hour so clearly!
She aye shall bless that happy night
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Chorus:
Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.

I hae been blythe wi’ comrades dear;
I hae been merry drinking;
I hae been joyfu’ gath’rin gear;
I hae been happy thinking:
But a’ the pleasures e’er I saw,
Tho’ three times doubl’d fairly,
That happy night was worth them a’,
Amang the rigs o’ barley.

Chorus:
Corn rigs, an’ barley rigs,
An’ corn rigs are bonie:
I’ll ne’er forget that happy night,
Amang the rigs wi’ Annie.