Braes Of Busby
Requested by "LongNote". Not a tune I’ve heard often at all, but a favourite with pipers. The name would suggest Scottish origin, and it is obviously a close relation of both "Colonel Fraser" and "The West Wind". One of the few pipers I heard play it was the late Peter Forbes from Dundee, a true gentleman, who was equally skilled on both Highland and uilleann pipes.
Re: Braes of Busby
Good man Kenny! I think I originally learned it off an old tape of Seamus Ennis’ piping. It is indeed a tune you don’t hear very often — in fact I can remember the last time I heard/ played it — with John McSherry at the fleadh in Sligo 199?? You can be sure he made a great job of it. Nobody seems to know it and, nowadays, I just keep wandering off into "Colonel Fraser". I believe that Ennis played them back-to-back on that tape — maybe a good way of separating the two. Anyway, although the tune has proved to be neither popular nor profitable over the years, I always liked it and now I can get it going again. Go to the nearest virtual pub and have a virtual pint on me.
Re Braes of Busby
A few years back John’s brother Paul told me he got the tune from the Ennis tape(which John had),and slowed it right down for the lovely job he did of it on the guitar for the"At FIrst Light" album.
lovely tune, goes very well into colonel fraisers
“Crooked Colonel Fraser”
I had been going to post a reel which I have a recording of Tony "Sully" O’Sullivan playing, which he called "Crooked Colonel Fraser", but have realised that it’s actually "The Braes Of Busby", - this reel - but transposed into the key of "D".