Kirkconnel Lea / The Fower Maries / Sound The Pibroch

Traditional Scottish Airs arranged for accordion
Julia Gordon
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Kirkconnel Lea - Also known as Helen of Kirkconnel, Fair Helen and (I Wish I Were) Where Helen Lies. This well known Scottish ballad is about the tragic death in the 16th Century, of Helen Irving who, intervening in a quarrel between two rival admirers receives a fatal wound as a result. The air itself is believed to be much older.

The Fower Maries - This ballad, also known as The Four Marys, Mary Hamilton and The Queen’s Marys, dates from the 18th Century and is believed to be a hybrid of two stories - one taking place at the court of Mary Queen of Scots and the other at the court of Peter The Great, Tsar of Russia - both concerning a handmaiden who was executed for the murder of her illegitimate child.

Sound The Pibroch - This is a traditional Jacobite song to which words were added by Mrs Norman MacLeod, senior, in the 19th Century.

Score ID
Traditional Scottish Airs arranged for accordion
Julia Gordon
Easy (Grades 1-3)
4 minutes
Solo instrument (Accordion)
Folk music

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