Highland Laddie polka

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

Highland Laddie has been added to 24 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Highland Laddie
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
A,/B,/|:C>D E G | E/D/C/D/ E C/D/ | EDD C/D/|EDD A,/B,/|
C>D E G | E/D/C/D/ E B,/C/| A,G,G, B,/C/|A,G,G, E/F/|
G/F/E F/E/D | E/D/C/D/ E C/D/ | EDD C/D/| EDD E/F/|
G/F/E F/E/D | E/D/C/D/ E B,/C/| A,G,G, B,/C/|A,G,G, A,/B,/:|
X: 2
T: Highland Laddie
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A/B/ | d>e fa | g/f/e/d/ f2 | fe ed/e/ | fe e/d/B |
d>e fa | g/f/e/d/ fe/f/ | dB BA/B/ | dB B :|
|: f/g/ | a>g fe/f/ | d/A/e f2 | fe ed/e/ | fe ef/g/ |
a>g fe/f/ | d/A/e fe/f/ | dB BA/B/ | dB B :|

Six comments

Highland Laddie Polka/Reel ?

I think this was shown as a reel yesterday. Same tune as the polka Donkey Riding but on one of the recordings linked (https://thesession.org/recordings/display/2887) it is in a dance set with with The Sally Gardens, The Maid Behind The Bar and The Mason’s Apron.

Pipe tune setting-inspired, or from the song?

This is the same as the popular pipe tune adaptation of the same name? Interesting as it seems to follow the bagpipe adaptation rather than the older singing versions. Even on the pipes, tere are two different versions of the second part.

Highland Laddie, X:2

This setting is pretty similar to what I hear GHB players do. The Tannahill Weavers did a version similar to this, with verses and lyrics as well.