The Lass O’ Corrie Mill strathspey

Also known as Carlisle Lasses, The Carlisle Lasses, The Lass O’ Corrie Mill, The Lass O’ Corrie’s Mill, Lass O’Corrie Mill, The Lass O’Corrie Mill, The Lass Of Corrie Mills, Neil Gow’s Wife.

There are 12 recordings of this tune.
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The Lass O’ Corrie Mill has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Lass O’ Corrie Mill has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Fourteen comments

Second of three tunes …

This is the second of a set of three on Oisin McAuley’s ‘Far From the Hills of Donegal’. I possibly wouldn’t have posted them, except that I’ve inadvertently learnt them and now I can’t get them out of my head.

This tune is not remotely the same as other ’Neil gow’s Wife tunes in this database. I think it’s fantastic - it’s got such a lovely bounce to it.

Variant in second part

The start of the second part (and also where that phrase comes back in the 5th bar of the second part) could be played as | ABcB A<c c2 |

… or you could use that as a harmony line, as Oisin does on the CD.

Either way, a great tune.

Neil Gow’s Wife

This is a strathspey called “Lass o’ Corrie Mill”, also found as “Carlisle Lasses”. A nice version of it can be heard on Jigs To The Moon by Dordan.


I find myself back to this old ‘what’s the difference between a strathspey, a highland, a barndance etc’ question. Oisin McAuley plays it as part of a set of highlands - so I guess that’s how I think of it.

Neil Gow

One of our very first guest’s here at our B&B was a (maybe great) grand son of Neil Gow. Nice lad - was delighted when I asked about his name as the only other Gow I’d heard of was THE Neil Gow. I played the tune but it was different to this. I think - coz I can’t (won’t) read ABC form which I call alphabetti Spagetti.
Anyway ’twas nice to meet him.


As this tune appears to not be Neil Gow’s wife - possibly misidentified by Oisin (I am sure Neil will be raging at losing out on the royalties) is it possible to change the name of the tune (and maybe even its listing on Oisin’s album?

Good catch Nigel ~

This one has been bothering me for the last few days. I should have thought of you.

As said previously Ben, and often, there is a cross over of melodies and uses between strathspeys and Highland Flings… In a sense the only difference is the dance they are used to accompany, which does direct the way they are played and the tempo, and there is also the influence of place and musician(s)… Melodies often do dual duty, and sometimes even more than dual…

16 measures and a second ending ~

~ are the classic build of those that made good defining accompaniment for dancing a ‘highland schottische’ or ‘highland fling’…

Re: Neil Gow’s Wife

“From the playing of Winston ”Scotty“ Fitzgerald, who used the Corrie’s Mill title.”
Because it’s the correct title, perchance?

The Lass O’ Corrie Mill, X:3

This is how I’ve been playing this strathspey, based on Cape Breton settings, especially Colin Grant’s.
A friend plays it in D but I think it works better in F.