Doon Da Rooth jig

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Doon Da Rooth has been added to 21 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Doon Da Rooth
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2G BdB|gdB AGB-|B2d edB|A2B G2G|
BdB gdB|AG B3A|1BGG G2G:|2BGG GBd|]
|:g2g dgg|edB AGB-|B2d eee|e2f g2g|
dgg edB|AG B3A|1BGG GBd:|2BGG GED|]
X: 2
T: Doon Da Rooth
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
[M:21/8]G2G BdB gdB AGB- B2d edB A2B|\
G2G BdB gdB AGB- B2A BGG G2G|
G2G BdB gdB AGB- B2d edB A2B|\
G2G BdB gdB AGB- B2A BGG GBd|]
g2g dgg edB AGB- B2d eee e2f|\
g2g dgg edB AGB- B2A BGG GBd|
g2g dgg edB AGB- B2d eee e2f|\
g2g dgg edB AGB- B2A BGG GED|]

Nine comments

Learned this from the Aamos lads, either a Shetland or a Norwegian tune, I suppose. Is there a proper name for it?

Yes, it does have only 7 bars/part.

Tune - Doon da Rooth

It’s an old Shetland tune, it’s called Doon da Rooth. I learnt it from one of the lads in Fiddlers Bid. Here’s the wee note that was on the copy of the music i got ;

"For many years, opinions differed as to what this unusual tune could have been used for. Tom Anderson discovered that in all probability it was a spinning tune. The rooth isan Unst word for the leather part that holds the "flee" where the thread goes in on a spinning wheel."

Thanks a million, sallyfiddle! And now I know why it sounded so familiar - it’s on Anderson/Bain’s The Silver Bow.

Rooth’s

The "flee" must be the "flyer", but I can’t think of an equivalent name for the leather bits holding a flyer - I’d just call them bearings.
(ps searching this out, I found an alternative explanation of the name, being a corruption of Neil Gow’s "Drown Drouth")

Doon da Rooth/Drown Drouth

If we rearrange the setting given by Jurgen above we get a slightly different take on the tune:

M: 9/8
K: Gmaj
G2G |: BdB gdc BAG | B2d edB A2 B |
BdB gdc BAG | B3 BGG G2 G :|

and this reveals (at least to me) its relation to the tune "Drown Drouth", found in Bremner’s Collection (1751), and Gow’s Repository (1799)*:

M:9/8
G: G (transposed from Bb for comparison)
d | B/c/dB gBA B2 G | B/c/dB cAA A2 d |
B/c/dB g>ab B2 G | B/c/dA BGG G2 :|

In the Pigot MS (c1840-1850) there is another setting of it in D called "An Tart" ("The Drooth", to which Joyce noted in his manuscripts, "i.e. drought, thirst, but not thirst for water!")

* = The setting in Gow is written in 6/8, but this is clearly an error.

21/8….!

In the book "Da Mirrie Dancers", this is stated to be in 21/8 time - new one on me.

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Doon Da Rooth, X:2

I set the dots to 21/8 (setting 2).

I have audio of fiddle player Kevin Henderson playing it from a workshop and he stresses at definite points of the melody. I’ve put bar lines to show his phrasing:

X: 3
T: Doon Da Rooth
R: jig
S:Kevin Henderson
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2G BdB gdB AG | B3 ded B A2B|
G2G BdB gdB AG | B3 ABG G G2G|
G2G BdB gdB AG | B3 ded B A2B|
G2G BdB gdB AG | B3 ABG G GBd:|
|: g2g dgg edB AG | B3 dee e e2f|
g2g dgg edB AG | B3 A BGG GBd|
g2g dgg edB AG | B3 dee e e2f|
g2g dgg edB AG | B3 ABG G GED:|

Very cool tune and yes I guess it’s in 21/8 if we were to put it to a time signature. Better just to hear what happens and play it that way though….

Re: Doon Da Rooth

Complete agree to irishfiddleCT, it IS a 21/8. I learned this traditional Shetland tune from Kevin Henderson (Fiddlers Bit, Session A9, Nordic Fiddlers Bloc…) a few years ago. "Doon Da Rooth in all probability was a "spinning tune", played when the wool was being spun on the spinning wheel, hence the unusual rhythm. Rooth is an Unst word for the leather paet that holds the "flee" where the thread goes in on a spinning wheel." (taken from the booklet from the CD Caravan from Aamos (Kevin Henderson is also a member from).