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Broom of the Cowdenknowes

Genre: Folk  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by patmcguire, updated: 9/25/2012
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Notes: Capo 2. This is a basic Scruggs version of the frailing style heard on the 'Cherish the Ladies' CD. It is the same song sung by Andy Stewart as noted below: http://www.chivalry.com/cantaria/lyrics/broom-cowdenknowes.html Notes from Andy M. Stewart: This song is easily traceable back to the early seventeenth century where it appears in a small collection as "The Lovely Northerne Lass." Allan Ramsay also published a version in his "Tea Table Miscellany", during the 1720s. It is a moving tale of love, banishment and exile, supported by a very beautiful melody. Cowdenknowes is in Berwickshire, near to the village of Earlston, a place much associated with the 13th century poet and prophet, "Thomas The Rhymer". I got this song years ago, from my friend and neighbour, Archie Fisher. This example of "The Broom of the Cowdenknowes" is performed by Andy M. Stewart with Silly Wizard on the albums Wild and Beautiful and The Best of Silly Wizard, both available from the Chivalry Music store Please refer to Cantaria's Copyright information Copyright Information The purpose of Cantaria is to be an educational resource for aspiring bards and minstrels. To that end, the songs you will find here include folk songs of western Europe, (mostly the British Isles) which come from many sources and time periods. The "Pre-1600" section contains songs that we have been able to verify as coming from that time period. They are all public domain. The "Traditional" cetegory includes songs of questionable age for which origins have not been concretely verified. To the best of our knowledge, songs in the "Traditional" section are public domain, unless otherwise noted on the song page. If we have made an error in the credits for any of these songs, or if you have more information about their origins, please inform us so we can correct the problem and add proper credits.

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