The Burnt Leg reel

Also known as The Bonnet Makers Of Dundee, The Corbey And The Pyett, Sweet Mally.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Burnt Leg has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Burnt Leg
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: Ee (3eee fedB | defa efdB | Ee (3eee fedB | dBAF (3EEE EE:|
|: (3GGF FE DEFA | (3BBB DE ABde | fedA DEFA | (3Bcd AF (3EEE EE :|
2
X: 2
T: The Burnt Leg
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
Eeef|e2 dB|defd|eBdA|Beef|e2 dB|ABdF|E/E/E E2:|
|:F/F/F F>E|DEFA|B/B/B B>A|Bdef|dBAF|D>EFA|\
Beef "tr"e2 d<B|defd eBAd|Beef "tr"e2 d<B|dBAF E/E/E E2:|
|:F2 "tr"F>E DEFA|B/B/B "tr"B>A Bdef|dBAF DEFA|BdAF E/E/E E2:|
B<e e2 "tr"e>dBe|d<fB<d DEFD|E<e "tr"e<d B<e"tr"e<d|"tr"B>AdF E/E/E E2:|
|:B<d "tr"F<E D<d "tr"F>A|B2 (3)dBA Ba "tr"f>e|d>fe>d "tr"B>AF<d|\
|:B>e"tr"e>d "tr"e>dB>e|d>e (3)fed A>FD>F|E>e "tr"e>d b>a"tr"f>e|\
|:F>d D>d F>d D>d|B/B/B "tr"B>A b>a"tr"f>e|d>f"tr"e>d B>d (3)AFD|\
3
X: 3
T: The Burnt Leg
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
Beef "tr"e2 d<B|defd eBAd|Beef "tr"e2 d<B|dBAF E/E/E E2:|
F2 "tr"F>E DEFA|B/B/B "tr"B>A Bdef|dBAF DEFA|BdAF E/E/E E2:|
B<e e2 "tr"e>dBe|d<fB<d DEFD|E<e "tr"e<d B<e"tr"e<d|"tr"B>AdF E/E/E E2:|
B<d "tr"F<E D<d "tr"F>A|B2 (3)dBA Ba "tr"f>e|d>fe>d "tr"B>AF<d|
B>e"tr"e>d "tr"e>dB>e|d>e (3)fed A>FD>F|E>e "tr"e>d b>a"tr"f>e|
F>d D>d F>d D>d|B/B/B "tr"B>A b>a"tr"f>e|d>f"tr"e>d B>d (3)AFD|
4
X: 4
T: The Burnt Leg
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
F | E<e e2 f<e dB | defa efd<B | B<e e2 f<edB | dBAF .E<E .E :|
|: G.F.FE DEF.A | B<BdB AB d<e | fedA DEFA | BdAF .E<E .E :|

Five comments

The Burnt Leg

This version of the reel is as taught in Colm O’Rua’s Mandolin/Banjo course at Sabhal Mor Ostaig in July 2003.

The tune is included by Macdonald in the Skye Collection 1887 (no 141, p.41). However, Cranford finds the tune printed in earlier collections under different titles: in Aird’s 1st (1782) as "Sweet Mally" and in Bremner’s 1757 collection as "The Bonnet Makers of Dundee." Cranford also mentions that the tune is popular among Cape Breton fiddlers. It was in the repertoire of Bill Lamey (who played it as a strathspey) and was recorded by Joe MacLean (as a reel). Background from the Fiddler’s Companion: http://www.ceolas.org/tunes/fc

When playing, watch out for the triplet at the beginning of the second part. Otherwise an excellent reel. Short, so play twice as many times. Slainte

Chords

Something like:
|: Em / / / | D / / / | Em / / / | D / Em / :|
|: Em / D / | Em / D / | Em / D / | Em D Em / :|

I’m not sure how you make this out to be in Edor. There is no C in the tune - hexatonic. E natural minor might be better as an abc key setting. Here’s how it appears in Airds:

X:1
T:Sweet Mally
M:2/4
L:1/8
R:Reel
S:Aird’s First No 125
K:Emin
Eeef|e2 dB|defd|eBdA|Beef|e2 dB|ABdF|E/E/E E2:|
|:F/F/F F>E|DEFA|B/B/B B>A|Bdef|dBAF|D>EFA|\
BdAF|E/E/E E2:|

The setting in Oswald’s Pocket Companion is like a strathspey for much of its six parts. The Corbey (corbie) and the Pyett ("corbie" can be any crow within the genus "corvus" - "pyett" is another member of the crow family; the magpie):

X:1
T:The Corbey and the Pyett
M:C
L:1/8
S:Caledonian Pocket Companion Vol. 7 p.5
K:Emin
Beef "tr"e2 d<B|defd eBAd|Beef "tr"e2 d<B|dBAF E/E/E E2:|
|:F2 "tr"F>E DEFA|B/B/B "tr"B>A Bdef|dBAF DEFA|BdAF E/E/E E2:|
B<e e2 "tr"e>dBe|d<fB<d DEFD|E<e "tr"e<d B<e"tr"e<d|"tr"B>AdF E/E/E E2:|
|:B<d "tr"F<E D<d "tr"F>A|B2 (3)dBA Ba "tr"f>e|d>fe>d "tr"B>AF<d|\
D>d A>F "tr"E/E/E E2:|
|:B>e"tr"e>d "tr"e>dB>e|d>e (3)fed A>FD>F|E>e "tr"e>d b>a"tr"f>e|\
"tr"d>B "tr"A>F E/E/E E2:|
|:F>d D>d F>d D>d|B/B/B "tr"B>A b>a"tr"f>e|d>f"tr"e>d B>d (3)AFD|\
E>F d>F E/E/E E2:|

You can decide whether it’s a reel or a strathspey.
The Bremner setting ("The Bonnet Makers of Dundee." ) has identical notes to Aird’s, but is in common time, so you’ll have to remove every other bar.

Drat! Missed out a repeat sign:

X:1
T:The Corbey and the Pyett
M:C
L:1/8
S:Caledonian Pocket Companion Vol. 7 p.5
K:Emin
Beef "tr"e2 d<B|defd eBAd|Beef "tr"e2 d<B|dBAF E/E/E E2:|
|:F2 "tr"F>E DEFA|B/B/B "tr"B>A Bdef|dBAF DEFA|BdAF E/E/E E2:|
|:B<e e2 "tr"e>dBe|d<fB<d DEFD|E<e "tr"e<d B<e"tr"e<d|"tr"B>AdF E/E/E E2:|
|:B<d "tr"F<E D<d "tr"F>A|B2 (3)dBA Ba "tr"f>e|d>fe>d "tr"B>AF<d|\
D>d A>F "tr"E/E/E E2:|
|:B>e"tr"e>d "tr"e>dB>e|d>e (3)fed A>FD>F|E>e "tr"e>d b>a"tr"f>e|\
"tr"d>B "tr"A>F E/E/E E2:|
|:F>d D>d F>d D>d|B/B/B "tr"B>A b>a"tr"f>e|d>f"tr"e>d B>d (3)AFD|\
E>F d>F E/E/E E2:|

I put the trills in as written, but I don’t think I’d play them.

Setting 5

Macdonald 1887 version