Bauldy Bain's Fiddle

Stewart Cunningham

Message 41699 · 22 Jul 2005 18:57:34 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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George Lockhart is alive and well and is the sort of person who might
know the answer to the query about Baldy Bain's fiddle mentioned in the
poem in his book. I could probably get in contact with George so whoever
asked the original question about Bauldy Bain's fiddle (I've forgotten
after all the many e-mails on this subject) please contact me if they're
interested.
Thanks!
Stewart Cunningham,
Vancouver

L. Friedman~Shedlov wrote:

> Yes, I found out that the first stanza of this poem is actually quoted
> in the Lothian Book, where the dance is published. However, that
> doesn't explain who "Bauldy Bain" is.
>
> / Lara
>
>
> ********************************
> Lara Friedman~Shedlov "Librarians -- Like Google, but
> xxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx warm-blooded"
> ********************************
>
> On Fri, 22 Jul 2005, Eric Clyde wrote:
>
>> I did a bit of searching on Google as well, and came across the
>> following poem quoted in Highland Balls and Village Halls, By G. W.
>> Lockhart.
>>
>>
>> 'The Barn Dance'. W.D. Cocker.
>>
>> Hey! for the music o'Baldy Bain's fiddle!
>> Redd up the barn, a' we'e gie ye a Reel.
>> In till it, noo! wit a diddle-dum-diddle,
>> Dod! that's the tune to pit springs in your heel.
>>
>> Skirlin' o' lassocks, an' 'Hoochs' frae ilk fellow,
>> Cheers, when the gudeman himsel' taks the flair,
>> Leads Petronella wi' hellicate Bella,
>> Brawest o' dochters, though gey deil-may-care.
>>
>> Hey! for the music o'Baldy Bain's fiddle!
>> Lads frae the bothies, an' herds frae the hill
>> Cleek wi' young lassies, sae jimp roon the middle.
>> Gosh! but some auld anes are soople anes still.
>>
>> Lang Geordie Craddock, the grieve o'Kilmadock,
>> Widowed sae aft he's fain to forget,
>> Wha would jalouse he could loup like a puddock?
>> Faith! but here's spunk in the auld deevil yet!
>>
>> Hey! for the music o'Baldy Bain's fiddle!
>> Syne we'll hae supper, for time's wearin' on;
>> Drinks for the drouthy, an' scones frae the griddle
>> Bella's the las that can bake a guid scone.
>>
>> Baldy's in fettle, an' sweers he maun ettle
>> Ae hinmaist hoolachan juist for the last.
>> Cast yer coats, callans, an' yoke tae't we' mettle;
>> Dancin' and daffin' days sune will be past.
>>
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