Linkumdoddie strathspey

Also known as Blue Britches, Link Him Doddie, Linkum Doddie.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Linkumdoddie has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Linkumdoddie
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
Ae2d TcA Tc2|Bg2d BGBd|A/B/c/d/ eA TcA Tc2|Aa2e TcAce:|
[|a/g/f/e/ fd ce Tc2|Bg2d BGBd |a/g/f/e/ ca eaca| Aaca eAce|
a/g/f/e/ ae fdec|Bg2d BGBd|A/B/c/d/ eA TcA Tc2 |Aa2e TcAce|]
X: 2
T: Linkumdoddie
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: "A"Ae e>d c<A c2 | "G"B=g g>d B<=G B<d \
| "A"A/B/c/d/ e>A c<A c2 | "E7"A<a g<b "A"a<A c<e :|
| "A"a/g/f/e/ c>a e>a c2 | "G"B=g g>d B<=G B<g \
| "A"a/g/f/e/ c<a e<a c<a | "F#m"A<a c<a "A"eA c<e ||
| "A"a/g/f/e/ "D"f>d "A"e>d c2 | "G"B=g g>d B<=G B<d \
| "A"A/B/c/d/ e>A c<A c2 | "E7"A<a g<b "A"a<A c<e |]

Seven comments


This setting is from my 2006 book "Over The Hills And Far Away" (still available) where it is placed with two thematically linked tunes. The notes in the book are as follows:

A small sign on the A701 near Tweedsmuir still points to the site of Linkumdoddie. The fine reel bearing this title first surfaces in Robert Bremner’s Reels, where it is called Blue Britches, with its earliest known appearance under the Linkumdoddie title (actually Linkem Dodie, usually given in later versions as Link Him, Doddie) in James Gillespie’s manuscript (Perth, 1768), a version identical to Bremner’s apart from a few missing ties and trills.

Both Bremner and Gillespie tie quavers across the beat to give a syncopated effect; a less ambiguous rhythmic spelling is used here to safeguard this attractive rhythmic feature.

Despite many later settings as both a reel and strathspey, in this editor’s opinion Bremner’s original version has not been bettered. It has however been miscopied, so beware of inaccurate versions.

Though I do find myself leaning more towards strathspey… 😀