The Banks O' The Dee

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The Banks O’ The Dee - According to John Glen (1900) this song was written in 1775 by John Tait, who for some time sat as judge in the Police Court, Edinburgh. It was written on the occasion of the departure from Scotland of his dear friend to join the British forces at the start of the American War of Independence. Although the accompanying tune is thought to be of Irish origin, Glen was unable to find it in any early Irish song collections. It does, however, appear to have been very popular in Scotland, and was used not only to accompany Tait's verses but also two other songs found in Wilson's 'St Cecilia' (1779). It also appears in the first publication of 'The ‘Scots Musical Museum’ (1787-1803).

Score ID
Easy (Grades 1-3)
1 minute
Solo instrument (Accordion)
Folk music
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