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Thread #29462   Message #1431107
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
09-Mar-05 - 08:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Rares Hill / Reres Hill / Rare's Hill
Subject: RE: LYRC ADD and ?? - Back of Rare's Hill
Yes; the "Cantaria" transcription cited in this thread was very poor indeed (particularly in conjunction with the extraordinary glosses invented out of thin air to explain away somebody's ludicrous mis-hearings) the first transcription was far more accurate, though there were mistakes; I provided some corrections at the time, though the only source available to me back in 2001 was Mary Black's derivative recording.

As "Jacko" mentioned some 4 years ago, the song was from Eck Harley of Cupar in Fife: Peter Shepheard recorded it from him and it appears in Nigel Gatherer's Ballads and Songs of Dundee, 1985 & 2000, p 69.

The tune turns up in various places; it was used, for example, for Spancil Hill.