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Trowie Burn

[trad. arr. Brass Monkey]

This tune was played by Brass Monkey on their 1986 album See How It Runs. This LP was re-released in 1993 as second half of the CD The Complete Brass Monkey. Its sleeve notes said:

Da Floo’er o’ Taft and Trowie Burn are two tunes collected by Patrick Shuldham-Shaw from the extraordinary Shetland musician and singer John Stickle in 1947. As well as having what might be described as the standard Shetland repertoire of dance music he had many songs and a repertoire of tunes from his family. His grandfather, Friedmann Stickle, was German and a merchant seaman who was shipwrecked on Shetland and stayed. The family story was that he was thrown overboard with his fiddle by the rest of the crew who were fed up with his constant playing or who, on the other hand, just didn’t like him. The German Merchant Marine’s loss was Shetland’s and our gain.