Jul 142011
 

Hi, Just wanted to say thanks for your great site with the tin whistle music – it’s helping my learning along no end.

Hope you don’ think I’m being rude pointing out that the tune your calling The Bonnie Lass of Fife-O (http://fullbodyburn.com/?page_id=275) should be The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie - Fyvie is a small town in the north east of Scotland, which is where the story is set

Thanks again for a great site

best wishes
Colin

Hi, Colin:I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you about Fyvie and it’s famous Bonnie Lass. I’ve been away for awhile and answering e-mail kept getting put off. You are absolutely correct, of course, about the name of Fyvie. Am I to understand that you are from Scotland, or just very good at geography? Scotland is one place that I would dearly love to visit, and preferably in the style of a prominent American author who goes there to write so he can find a little peace and quiet. Also, I believe, the Scotch is more affordable there… although I understand the bourbon is a bit more pricey.

I think the reason it is called Fife-O in this part of the world (at least, among the musicians with whom I typically associate) is because the phonetic meaning is more important half a world away than the geographic meaning. It’s like calling the Eerie Canal the Ear-aye-ee Canal so you can rhyme it with say-lie-ors, I suppose.What to call songs with titles that vary geographically is always a dilemma for me. In this case, I deferred to the CD on which I first heard the song using the reasoning that if it had been recorded under that title, it could be written down under that title, also. Nevertheless, I will make a note (for geographical exactness) in the song description. And, I will sincerely hope that the good people of Fyvie do not hold it against me. But, just in case, if I am every fortunate enough to go there I shall go under an assumed name.

Richard Gross,
            is not going to Scotland as Igor Stamburninov;
we just happen to look a lot alike.