T: Aith Rant
|: BcB BcB | BcB AGA | BcB AzB | cBA AGA |
BcB BcB | Bcd ~e3 | dcB Azd |1 cBA ~G3 :|2 cBA GBd ||
|: ~gzd zcB | ~gzd zcB | ~gzB BAG | ABA AB/c/d |
~gzg fge | ded dcB | cde dcB |1 ABA GBd :|2 ABA ~G3 ||
Also known as The Aith Rant.
There are 4 recordings of this tune.
Aith Rant has been added to 25 tunebooks.
Source: Chris Stout Quintet, "Devil’s Advocate."
First tune in a set of 4. Really fantastic fiddle and sax playing by Chris Stout and Fraser Fifield respectively.
Will post more details about the author(s) when I find the CD again! Just got stuck in my head and had to put it down in ABC 🙂
The CD credits suggest this is a traditional tune.
Arggh.. My bad.. Read the wrong line.. Chris Stout wrote this tune for Phil Alexander.
HA! Actually, I take it back. The track numbering on the CD is wrong — tracks 4 and 5 are reversed. Thus, this tune is "Aith Rant," a traditional, arranged by the CSQ.
Another mystery solved..
this tune comes from Cunningsburgh, Shetland, and is supposed to be a fairy tune, or trowie tune. A trow is a fairy-like thing in Shetland.
As played by J Irvine, Roadside, Cunningsburgh
In about 1790, a Cunningsburgh carpenter was coming home after celebrating the completion of a sixareen*. He heard sounds coming from a green mound and crept nearer to investigate. By the light of the moon he could see through a crack in a rock a trowie dance in full swing.Being a noted fiddler, he managed to take down the tune in sol-fa, and when he got home he played it on his fiddle."
- Tom Anderson and Tom Georgeson, ‘Da Mirrie Dancers’ (Lerwick 1970)
* A sixareen is a clinker-built boat. Tom Anderson wrote a great tune called "Da Sixareen".
Alastair Anderson, on his 1974 ‘Concertina Workshop’ played "Aith Rant" followed by "Framm Upon Him" and "Da Sooth End".
One of the albums I have has a set with this jig, followed by Vallafield, Garster’s Dream and then another jig not listed. I’ve found the histories of the 3 above tunes very fascinating and can see why they would be put together in a set.