Flower O’ The Quern barndance

By James Scott Skinner

Also known as The Cairdin O’T, The Flower O’ The Quern, The Flower Of The Quern, Flowers Of Quern, Tribute To The Queen.

There are 14 recordings of this tune.

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Flower O’ The Quern has been added to 3 tune sets.

Flower O' The Quern has been added to 24 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: Flower O' The Quern
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|G2 G2 F2 ED|c2 c2 B2 d2|d2 BA G2 AB|A6
D2|G2 G2 F2 ED|c2 c2 B2 d2|dcEA G2 F2|G6||
G2|c2 c2 c2 de|d3 B d2 ge|d2 BA G2 AB|A6
D2|G2 G2 F2 ED|c2 c2 B2 d2|dcEA G2 F2|G6||
G,2|C2 C2 C2 DE|D3 B, D2 GE|D2 B,A, G,2 A,B,|A,6
D2|G2 G2 F2 ED|c2 c2 B2 d2|dcEA G2 F2|G6||
G2|c2 c2 c2 de|d3 B d2 ge|d2 BA G2 AB|A6
D2|G2 G2 F2 ED|c2 c2 B2 d2|dcEA G2 F2|G6||

Three comments

Not a barndance at all of course but an air. This version is from Nigel Gatherer via Ibiblio’s Fiddler’s Companion, from where I quote:

“TRIBUTE TO THE QUEEN. AKA and see “Flower o’ the Quern.” Scottish, Slow Air. G Major. Standard. ABCD. Aberdeen shire fiddler J. Scott Skinner composed the tune as “Flower o’ the Quern.” It acquired the “Tribute to the Queen” title from a recording by Mull fiddler Pibroch MacKenzie.

T:Tribute to the Queen
T:Flower o’ the Quern, The
C:James Scott Skinner
D:Pibroch MacKenzie, The Mull Fiddler (1969)
Z:Nigel Gatherer“

FLOWER O’ THE QUERN, THE. AKA and see “Tribute to the Queen.” Scottish, Slow Air (4/4 time). A Major. Standard. One Part (Hunter, Neil, Skinner): AABB (Martin). A quern (pronounced ‘kern’) is Gaelic for ‘hollow’. The melody was published in song form by J. Gordon Phillips, Elgin (Scotland), whose words were written as a tribute to a young woman, Mary Morrison. Mary, who lived in Forres in the latter half of the 19th century, was described as “the bonniest lass from Inverness to Aberdeen”, but was widowed at an early age. She remarried David Flyslop who was the chauffeur to the Earl of Moray, and lived in a lodge at the end of one of the driveways to Darnaway Castle. The music was composed by J. Scott Skinner as a tune for the song, but the melody also became popular as a slow air. It appears in his Logie Collection, dedicated to another girl, Miss Jessie Stockwell.


The flo‑ers grow fair on the lowland vales,
an’ green grow the wids on the braes,
an’ saft an’ low sing the scented gales
in the lang, lang simmer days;
But dearer to me are the mountains blue
where grow the heath an’ fern,
an’ the bonniest flo’er is the ane I lo’e
that blooms ‘mang the braes o’ the Quern.

Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 28 (arranged by James Hunter for string quintent). Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 1, 1991; pg. 14 (includes a harmony part). Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 88, pg. 119. Skinner (The Scottish Violinist), pg. 35.

A dance too

It’s also a Scottish Country Dance - and a very enjoyable one , , , this tune for the dance is played as a Strathspey and a very dotted one too. I have a feeling that the dance was written by John Drury

Re: Flower O’ The Quern

A quern is a stone used in the Highlands in the past for making flour, and also a district in north east Scotland, making the title a neat play on words🙂