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11.  Braes O'Balquidder:

Traditional

Kathleen Mullaly Masino
    Lead vocal & pennywhistle
Bill Masino - Harmony vocal
Colin O'Brian - Acoustic Guitar

About the song:

This song, The Braes O' Balquidder, is the traditional forerunner for the more contemporary arrangements known as "Wild Mountain Thyme", "Bloomin' Heather", and "Go Lassie Go." Bill & Kathleen began as musicians with the group called "Wild Mountain Thyme" in 1991.

Kathleen says, "Learning "The Braes O' Balquidder" from the Tannahill Weavers has given me a way to sing a more traditional version of that fondly remembered song. It allows me to move forward with the wisdom and experiences of those performing years to lead this song.  

This song is in it's infancy for us here, but I that I hope that will become a new trademark piece for 3 Pints Gone. "

 
 
Lyrics: 
Braes O’ Balquihidder (is pronounced bal'-whither)
 
Refrain: 
Let us go, lassie go,
Tae the braes o’Blaquhidder <like:Bal-whither>
Whar the blueberries grow, mang the 
bonnie hielan heather;
Whar the deer and the rae, lightly bounding t’gither
Sport the lang summer’s days 
on the braes o’Balquidder
 
1)  I will twin thee a bow’r by yon pure crystal fountain
     And I’ll cover it o’er wi’ the flooers o’ the mountain;
     I will range through the wilds, 
     and the deep glens sae dreary,
     And return wi’ the spoils 
     Tae the braes o’my dearie.
 
     Refrain:
 
2)  When the rude wintry win’ 
     Idly raves roun oor dwellin’
     And the roar o’ the linn, on the 
     nicht breeze is swellin’
     So merrily we’ll sing, as the storm rattles o’er us,
     ‘Til the dear shielin’ ring wi’ the light liltin’ chorus.
 
     Refrain:
 
     Instrumental verse
 
3)  Roo the summers in prime, 
     Wi’ the floores richly bloomin’, 
     Wi’ the wild mountain thyme 
     on the moorlan’s perfumin’; 
     Tae o’or dear native scenes, 
     let us journey te’gither,
      Whar glad innocence reigns,  
     on the braes o’Balquhidder.

 

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