Miss E Lyall reel

Also known as Kivikspolka, Miss Lyall, Miss Lyall’s.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Miss E Lyall has been added to 4 tune sets.

Miss E Lyall has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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One setting

1
X: 1
T: Miss E Lyall
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA|G2 B2 d2 g2|bbba g4|G2 B2 d2 g2|fffe d4|
D2 F2 A2 d2|fffe d4|D2 F2 A2 c2|BBBA G2 BA|
G2 B2 d2 g2|bbba g4|G2 B2 d2 g2|fffe d4|
D2 F2 A2 d2|fffe d4|d2 fedc BA|G2 G2 G2 Bc||
d4 e2 d2|B4 c2 B2|G4 A2 G2|E8|
D2 F2 A2 d2|fffe d4|D2 F2 A2 c2|BBBA G2 Bc|
d4 e2 d2|B4 c2 B2|G4 A2 G2|E8|
D2 F2 A2 d2|fffe d4|d2fe dcBA|G2 G2 G2||

Three comments

Miss Lyall

Unrelated to other tunes of this name that are already posted to session.org.

My transcription is taken directly from the handwritten tunebook of the late Hugh Blake (box player).

Hugh didn’t cite the source of this tune.

Correct title

The correct title is Miss E Lyall and it was composed by Aberdeenshire accordionist Eddie Edmonds for his future wife.

Re: Miss E Lyall

This tune (played in 2/4 as a polka) has been quite popular in Scandinavia for many years. The oldest recording was made in 1942 by musician Gustaf Egerstam and his band. His version of the tune was called “Kivikspolka”, although it’s unclear if there’s a real connection to the swedish town of Kivik. Singer-songwriter Östen Warnerbring used the tune in 70s for a tribute song to the beloved author Fritiof Nilsson (who lived in Kivik for several years). The tune has also been covered by danish spillemænd, also under the name “Kivikspolka”.

I’m not sure whether this tune is originally from somewhere in Sweden, like Kivik or Arboga (the home of Egerstam), or somewhere in the British isles. Here’s a link to the swedish danish version: https://spillefolk.dk/nodesamling/visnode.php?key=pk-kivik#