Smith’s Burn reel

Also known as Allt A’ Ghobhainn, Allt A’Ghobhainn, The Smith’s Burn, Smithburn, Smithsburn.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Smith's Burn has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Smith's Burn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
d|c2 ec fddf|ecA=c B=GGB|c2 ec fddf|ecBc A/A/A A:|
g|a2 ec fddf|a2 ec B/B/B Bg|a2 ec fddf|ecBc A/A/A Ag|
a2 ec fddf|a2 ec B/B/B Bg|agfe fgaf|ecBc A/A/A A||
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X: 2
T: Smith's Burn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|A/A/A AB cBAc|BGDC B,A,G,A|EAcB Acea|1 gedB A2A2:|2 gedB A/A/A Ad||
eaga egdA|Bddd BGGB|eaga egdg|ecdB A/A/A A2|
eaga egdA|B[dg][dg][dg] BGGB|ABcA Bcdg|ecdB A2A2||

Four comments

Smith’s Burn

This reel is popular in Cape Breton. Written by James Stewart Robinson of Scotland.

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This tune can be found in the Cape Breton Fiddlers Collection from Cranford Publications.

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2nd A minor setting

This is the tune listed as The Smith’s Burn that Alex Francis MacKay plays on A Lifelong Home. I suspect it is mislabeled. It sounds completely different to my ears. The tune he plays before it in the set has labeling issues as well.

Thumbed through the Athole Collection but did not spy it…the mystery continues. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Put on the Steam

And indeed it is mislabeled. This is called Put on the Steam. Thanks again to Paul Cranford for sending over the music for this. The A.F. MacKay version is different in the second part to what is written, leading me to overlook it. A great tune that will be posted under it’s proper name.