Stirling Castle strathspey

Also known as Grey Day Light, Grey Daylight, Harvest Home, The Kirn, Sterling Castle.

There are 59 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Miss Ramsey (a few times), The Flowers Of Edinburgh (a few times), The Four Provinces Fling (a few times), Jenny’s Chickens (a few times) and Monymusk (a few times).

Stirling Castle has been added to 4 tune sets.

Stirling Castle has been added to 143 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Stirling Castle
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A | D2 F>A D>A F<A | A,2 C>E A,>E C<E | D2 F>A D>A F<A | (3Bcd (3efg (3fed (3cBA |
D2 F>A D>A F<A | A,2 C>E A,>E C<E | D2 F>A D>A F<A | (3Bcd (3efg f<d d:|
A | d2 f>d g>e f>d | g2 e>d c>B (3ABc | d2 f>d g>e f>d | (3Bcd (3efg f<d d>A |
d/2d/2d f>d g>e f>d | B2 c>d (3efd (3cBA | (3fga (3gfe (3dcB (3AGF | (3GAB (3ABc d2 d :|
# Added by cj .
X: 2
T: Stirling Castle
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A | d2 f>d g>e f>d | B2 c>d (3efe (3cBA | d2 f>d g>e f>d | (3Bcd (3efg fA | dd g>e f>d | g2 e>d c
# Added by cj .

Seven comments

Stirling Castle

This version from Kerr’s Violin via Barbara McOwen, a Boston Scottish fiddler.

Mozart Allen in 1961 published a version in 1961 without any "snaps" in the A part, and a variant on the B

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A | d2 f>d g>e f>d | B2 c>d (3efe (3cBA | d2 f>d g>e f>d | (3Bcd (3efg fA | dd g>e f>d | g2 e>d c

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Thanks

I’ve had parts of that tune taught to me … but the whole piece is a delight. I’ve transposed it to the Alto clef and have been working on a duet with Viola and Mandola (CGDa). This is coming along great. Thanks again CJ.

Skye Collection

This tune can be found in print dating back to 1887 in the Skye Collection, which is now available as a second edition by Paul Cranford (http://www.cranfordpub.com/). It’s a lovely strathspey. I have also heard it played as a clog by Joe Derrane, very nice. Cheers!

Stirling Castle

This has also been called "Harvest Home" (the tune is unrelated to the hornpipe of the same name), "Grey Daylight" and "The Kirn".

Re: Stirling Castle

I don’t think I will be attempting this on my tin whistle for a while….