Sheet Music: Green Grow the Rashes

TitleGreen Grow the Rashes
Alternate titlesGreen Grow the Rushes, Oh
Lucky Black's Daughter
Highland Sword Dance
The Grant's Rant
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature4/4
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2016-12-29
Last updated2016-12-29
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Celtic Music, Dance tunes, Reels, Strathspeys, Traditional/Folk


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Thursday 29 December 2016

Tune of the Day: Green Grow the Rashes

Traditional Scottish tune

The first strain of this old air is said to have appeared in the now lost Straloch lute manuscript as early as 1627; by the 1760s, when the whole tune was printed in Neil Stewart's Reels and in the Gillespie Manuscript of Perth, it was already considered ancient.

The “Green Grow the Rashes” title is from Scotland national poet Robert Burns's reworking of the poem sung to a tune called “The Grant's Rant”.

This tune is often confused with the similarly titled “Green Grow the Rushes, O”, which is commonly sung as a Christmas carol. They are, however, totally distinct.