Thursday 11 September 2014
Tune of the Day: O, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad
Traditional Scottish song
This air was reputedly composed by fiddler John Bruce of Braemar, Scotland. He took part in the Jacobite rising of 1745, but was imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle when Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated, though his skill at the fiddle supposedly helped to mitigate his sentence. He later became acquainted with Robert Burns, who in 1793 wrote a poem to accompany this tune.