Mormond Braes barndance

There are 10 recordings of this tune.

Mormond Braes has been added to 2 tune sets.

Mormond Braes has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Mormond Braes
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2|F2 F2 F2 E2|F2 D2 D2 E2|F2 A2 d2 A2|B4 A2 z2||
Bc d2 d2 d2|F2 G2 B2 A2|A2 B2 A2 d2|F E3 D4||
X: 2
T: Mormond Braes
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
zD|F2 F2 F3 E|F2 D2 D3 A|d2 d2 d2 A2|B4 A3
A|d2 d2 d2 f2|A2 A2 F2 AA|B2 A2 d2 F2|E4 D2:|

Eleven comments

Mormond Braes

A popular ceilidh tune which is nice and easy for beginner fiddlers. I think it is a song too though I’m unfamiliar with the words.

Re: Mormond Braes

One of my favourite songs to sing: most people, including me, do it it pretty up tempo, but one friend does a very slow version, which is affy nice! Mormond Braes now covered with various radar and telecoms dishes!

Re: Mormond Braes

Thanks Trish, it’s a likeable tune to play too. Whereabouts in Scotland would Mormond Braes be?

Re: Mormond Braes

I find this tune cheerful as can be and like its simplicity.

Mormond Braes, X:2

This is a very common bothy ballad, and my setting is based on how it would be sung. I’m just putting together a set of bothy ballad airs for dancing; this is the first one I thought of.

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Trish’s graphic words on the 21st C Mormond Braes don’t exactly cheer the spirits. I DO like this tune - can see it wld be good to sing.

Re: Mormond Braes

Well then here y’are: the lyrics (slight variations permitted!)

Mormond Braes
As I gaed doon by Strichen toon,
I heard a fair maid mournin’,
And she was makin’ sair complaint
For her true love ne’er returnin’.
Sae fare ye weel, ye Mormond Braes,
Where aft-times I’ve been cheery;
Fare ye weel, ye Mormond Braes,
For it’s there I’ve lost my dearie.

There’s as guid fish intae the sea
As ever yet was taken,
So I’ll cast my net and try again
For I’m only aince forsaken.

There’s mony a horse has snappert an’ fa’n
An’ risen again fu’ rarely,
There’s mony a lass has lost her lad
An’ gotten anither richt early.

Sae I’ll put on my goon o’ green,
It’s a forsaken token,
An’ that will let the young lads ken
That the bonds o’ love are broken.

Sae I’ll gyang back tae Strichen toon,
Whaur I was bred an’ bornin’,
An’ there I’ll get anither sweetheart,
Wha’ll marry me in the mornin’.
Chorus x 2

Re: Mormond Braes

Most enjoyable words.

Re: Mormond Braes

I’m just listening to “Bothy Lads” by Ye Vagabonds live from Whelans which has same tune and somewhat similar lyrics.

If I remember rightly, the instrumental breaks in the Dubliners great version are Barney and John playing “the Drunken Piper”.

I’m connected to Strichen by marriage so have heard this song a lot, also as a dance tune.

Here is/are Aberdeen’s own Old Blind Dogs with Ian Benzie singing and fiddler Johnny Hardie taking mandolin breaks:

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