I remember learning this tune many years ago form a book of Jim Kerr’s collected tunes my father owned. Anyone know what a tocher is?
Tocher = dowry
In the Scots language a tocher means “dowry”.
Cf. Robert Burns’ song: A Lass Wi A Tocher, which is translated into English as: A Girl with a Dowry.
This is a catchy jig which I learned a few years ago from Simon Bradley. I really don’t know much about its history so if anyone can help?
Highway to Edinburgh
A lovely tune indeed.
Mode might be Adorian, but its a 6 one melody, so could be Aminor, too.
Yes, I’ve just realised that it’s not G major but it won’t affect the notation. It’s not Emin either but something in between. I can work out some “modal” chords for it but I get confused with this dorian and mixylodian stuff. 🙂
Mode and Chords
I’d just call it E pentatonic and leave it at that. As far as harmonization, I’d try “thirdless” chords like E5 and G5. Just a couple of suggestions, not meant to be definitive.
Alternate title: Lord Elcho’s Favourite
Alasdair Fraser plays a version of this tune on his recording: Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle Volume 2. Fraser notes that Gow published this tune as Lord Elcho’s Favourite.
“My Tocher’s the Jewel” = “My Dowry is the Jewel” ~ Robert Burns
O, meikle thinks my luve o’ my beauty,
And meikle thinks my luve o’ my kin;
But little thinks my luve I ken brawlie
My tocher’s the jewel has charms for him.
It’s a’ for the apple he’ll nourish the tree,
It’s a’ for the hiney he’ll cherish the bee!
My laddie’s sae meikle in luve wi’ the siller,
He canna hae luve to spare for me!
Your proffer o’ luve’s an airle-penny,
My tocher’s the bargain ye wad buy;
But an ye be crafty, I am cunnin,
Sae ye wi’ anither your fortune may try.
Ye’re like to the timmer o’ yon rotten wood,
Ye’re like to the bark o’ yon rotten tree:
Ye’ll slip frae me like a knotless thread,
An‘ ye’ll crack ye’re credit wi’ mair nor me!
“Kerr’s Third Collections of Merry Melodies”
Page 31: “My Tocher’s the Jewel”
“My Tocher’s the Jewel” / “The High Way to Edinburgh” ~ A minor