Oigfhear A Chuil Duinn strathspey

Also known as The Brown Hair’d Youth, Oigfhear A Chulduinn, Young Man Of The Brown Hair.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Oigfhear A Chuil Duinn has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Oigfhear A Chuil Duinn
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B>G E<G e4 | E>G B>G A<F E2 | d>B B<d e>B A<G | A>B d>B e<B A2 |
B>G E<G e4 | E>G B>G A<F E2 | E2 G>G A>G F<A | E2 G>B d>B B<d ||
e>f g>e d>B A<G | A>B d>B e<B A2 | B>G E<G e4 | E>G B>G A<F E2 |
d>B B<d e>B A<G | A>B d>B e<B A2 | B>G E<G e4 | E>G B>G A<F E2 |]
# Added by DaveF .
2
X: 2
T: Oigfhear A Chuil Duinn
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
d>BGB {B}g3z | G>Bd>B {A}cA {F}G2 | f>ed>f {a}g>dTc>B | c>df>d g>{fg}d Tc2 |
d>BG>B {B}g3z |G>Bd>B {d}TcA {^F}G2 |] GGB>B {AB}c>BA<c | G<GB>d f>ed<f |
Tg>ab>g f>dTcB | c>dfd g>dc{d}e | d>BGB {G}g3z | TG>Bd>B {AB}cA {^F}G2 |
Tf>ed>f {a}g>dc>B | Tc>dfd Tg>{fg}d c2 | d>BGB {G}g3z | TG>Bd>B {d}Tc>A {^F}G2 |]
# Added by DaveF .

Six comments

Oigfhear A Chuil Duinn

First tune of Lauren MacColl’s album "Strewn With Ribbons". Definitely not a barndance. Slow tune, I think of it as some sort of slow air and there’s no category for them.

She plays it Gmin. I’ve transposed it to Emin so I can play it in tune on my F whistle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS7xStylDr4


Unfortunately I don’t know anything about it. I got the digital album on Bandcamp and, as many other musicians do, she doesn’t provide any sort of digital sleeve notes with it.

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By the way, if someone has an opinion about the time signature, I’m not too sure if 2/4 or 4/4…

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Oigfhear A Chuil Duinn, X:2

Sometimes the Internet is fantastic 🙂 Lauren was kind enough to let us know where she got the tune from, the "Highlands Collections", published by the Highlands Music Trust. (Thank you so much Lauren!)

As I couldn’t get my hands on it (yet) I went a wee bit further back in time. It appearts the tune was originally published on William Morrison’s "Collection of Highland music, consisting of strathspeys, reels, marches, waltzes & slow airs", published in 1813. Its origin is listed as "a St. Kilda Song".

This is the transcription from the book. A bit trange.

Also, the book is out of copyright and available to download from the National Library of Scotland.
https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/102744462

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There is a category of Scottish fiddle tune called "slow Strathspey" which I’ve heard many times, but I’m not sure how it’s defined, nor whether the performance on that album would be considered that.

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Hi Richard - I’m curious as to who you have heard playing "slow strathspeys", as it’s a musical form in the Scottish tradition which is practically extinct. Very much associated with my part of the world, the North-East of Scotland, I’ve only ever come heard one live fiddle player ever play one. I don’t think even the likes of Alasdair Fraser, or Paul Anderson play them any more.

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"This is the transcription from the book. A bit strange."

Not sure what makes it strange? Perhaps it it the final barline ( given as a double barline in The Highland Collections) after the sixth bar. That could be to do with the tune being from a song, perhaps. The structure looks like a six bar refrain followed by a four bar verse and finishing off with the six bar refrain.
In The Highland Collections it says, "communicated to the Author by Miss McLeod of Rodall", though where Rodall is I have no idea.