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Thread #168484   Message #4070260
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
31-Aug-20 - 04:36 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Rigs o' Rye / Two Rigs of Rye
Subject: RE: Rigs o' Rye
From Mainly Norfolk:

This beautiful Scottish love song has long been popular with thirty-five versions in the Greig-Duncan collection. The earliest record of the song may be a chapbook with the title Ridges of Rye printed in Glasgow by J. & M. Robertson in 1799.

Jane Turriff sang Rigs o' Rye at West Church Hall, Kinross Festival in 1979. This recording by Allan Palmer was included in 1996 on her Springthyme CD Singin Is Ma Life and in 2000 on the EFDSS anthology Everybody Swings. The original album's booklet noted:

Thirty-five versions of Hamish Henderson's favourite Jane Turriff song appear in the Greig-Duncan collection, including this fine verse:

This couple they are married noo,
And they have bairnies one or two,
And live in Brittany the winter through,
And in Montrose in summer.

Jane: “Oh it's a great song, it's a great song. It's ma grandma's song I learned aff o ma Ma.”

Includes the words sung by Jane Turriff, Fred Jordan and June Tabor and lists many more recordings.