A tune that’s sometimes played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol (UK). This setting is based on the one used by the Cotswold morris dancers from the village of Adderbury, for a dance of the same name.
It is of course primarily the melody of a well-known song.
when this is danced as a morris dance, a verse is sung whilst walking around in a circle before the dance. the lyrics are as follows:
“oh where, tell me where
has my highland laddie gone?
he’s gone to the war
with his tartan jockstrap on!”
Re: The Bluebells Of Scotland
This was arranged by Arthur Pryor for brass band with trombone/euphonium soloist with quite spectacular variations
Bluebells is a very common tune for pipers/smallpipers to know. Setting #2 is the setting/key pipers typically play this tune in. So if you’re playing this tune with a piper, this setting will be closer to what they’re accustomed to.
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