Also known as
Miss Jamieson’s Favourite, Mrs Ann Jamieson’s Favourite, Mrs Jameson’s Favourite, Mrs Jamieson’s Favourite, Mrs. Ann Jamieson’s Favourite, Mrs. Jamieson’s Favourite, Mrs Jamieson’s Favorite.
Aly Bain does a nice version of this tune on his album Lonely Bird.
Mrs Jamieson’s Favourite
There’s also a version of this jig in the album Legacy of the Scottish fiddle, by Alasdair Fraser & Paul Machlis, but played as a slow air, absolutely breathtaking. Can’t miss it.
I would call this a slow air, have never heard it played at jig tempo. But since this site has no aire category, this is as good a place as any to put it. I learned it in G for some reason, maybe it was listed in a book that way, or maybe I changed the key so I could use the bass notes and chords on my accordion better as I played it.
Yeah, i think its an aire. I also heard it on John Taylors After the Dance CD as a slow aire.
Slow Air in G
A beautiful air, but as a whistler this works best for me in G (so that the top note isn’t shrill and can be held with confidence!).
This tune popped into my head when teaching at a feis, i quickly arranged it for a pupil to play at the Mod, couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was called but thanks to a few friends and whistling out the tune to many people the mystery was solved! I play it as a slow air and i now have the dots written out arranged in Gmaj for Harp so if anyone would like it, contact me ;) You gotta love the slow airs!!
Re: Mrs Jamieson’s Favourite
Somehow this is a very satisfying tune and I think playing it can calm you down if feeling anxious. Therapeutic? Well known in Shetland and Orkney and over Scotland.
Re: Mrs Jamieson’s Favourite
It is indeed a beautiful tune, but sadly both of those transcriptions are in odd timings. X1 is in 6/8 format although given a 3/4 time signature, and X2 has been scored as 4/4 although given a 3/4 time sig too.
The version I play is in 3/4.
As for being therapeutic, the late Sarah Morgan of the singing trio Craig, Morgan and Robson used the tune to make a setting of the Celtic Blessing called "Keep You in Peace" - she took out a couple of the highest notes in the original tune to make it more singable, but it is a lovely and oft-sung end of session song. My friends in Scots Music Group and I did both at a recent gig - played the original tune, then sang the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8BL9YbVG6o
I think the original (like Hector the Hero) was scored in 6/8. The time signature 6/8 is not, as I understand it, the exclusive preserve of jigs.
[M:6/8] at the start of the first line of setting X:1 above would sort the time signature (and [M:4/4] likewise for the second setting).
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