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BillyG
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May 11, 2020 - 7:35 am
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Here's a nice old, traditional Scottish tune - you'll hear it played in various forms with all sorts of embellishments and decorations. It appears to go under several names, and requires to be disambiguated from another tune (origin unknown) simply called "Corn rigs". This tune is most widely known as "Corn Rigs" (in Scotland, this is the tune we always mean - not the "other one" !), or Corn Rigs and Barley Rigs, or Corn Rigs are Bonnie. I believe there are even more names for the tune that don't even mention Corn Rigs LOLOL... Anyway - I'm working on it, and although I'm not posting a video of my attempts (yet) here are some resources for practice should anyone be interested - oh - and a video of a "non fiddle" performance with the lead instrument being a low flute - I like it! -

Here's the flute version video first -

And here's some resources if you are interested in learning the tune - a .pdf score, a synthesized .mp3 play-along (115bpm), a .mscz file for import specifically to MuseScore (where you can adjust tempo, or edit the score to your heart's content), and finally, a .musicxml file for import to various other music editors or DAW thingies.... [ NOTE: the .musicxml was uploaded with a file extension of .txt - if you intend using it, after you download it, rename the extension to .xml or .musicxml as required ]

Cornrigs-3.msczCornrigs-3-lead-line-only-1.txt

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Thanks @Billyg! this is a new one.

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BillyG said
another tune (origin unknown) simply called "Corn rigs". 

When I first saw the title of this thread, I thought of this song in the Wickerman.

I haven't listened to it all the way through, so I apologise to Pierre if there's anything too suggestive in it, lol!

Andrew

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BillyG
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🙂 Gosh - I'd forgotten about that !  Good call @Gordon Shumway 

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@Billyg is this the other version you talked about?

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BillyG
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@GregW - no it's not - and I really appreciate the feedback - the "other version" I referred to is a completely different tune that simply goes by the title "Corn Rigs" which I had heard some time back - and try and try as I might - no - it had no relationship (musically or in the lyrics) to the "original" ( well, what I regard as being so in my head!) as far as I could tell.. 

The one you linked - aye, a bonnie, bonnie take, an arrangement I've definitely heard somewhere - possibly on Transatlantic Sessions some time back - still carries all the main themes of what I regard as "the tune I recognize as Corn Rigs/Riggs".   

It is laden with all sorts of improvisations that work well with a traditional tune, played with great and awesome feel (well - no - I'll take back my use of "improvisations" - wrong word really - and just say "really well planned and intended variations that work well with....") !!! Indeed, Billy, watch your language ! LOLOLOL

Seriously, that is a REAL NICE take on the tune... love it!  

TY for the share there bro', and I'm sure other "folkies" here will enjoy it!  ^5s

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@Billyg  eh...I just searched for the title in YouTube.  I hadn't heard either version before.  I only posted it here because I was wondering if it was one if the ones you had in mind when you spoke of others.  I understand what you're getting at.  that's a more stage performance type version.

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