Tune of the Day: Wild Mountain Thyme
This folk song is a variant of the early-19th-century ballad “The Braes of Balquhither” by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill and Scottish composer Robert Archibald Smith, which was in turn most likely based on an 18th-century traditional air. The adaptation into the modern version of “Wild Mountain Thyme” was performed by Belfast musician Francis McPeake (1885–1971), who first recorded it with his family in the 1950s. Tannahill's original lyrics include a number of phrases that McPeake carried over into his song, including the lines “Let us go, lassie, go” and “And the wild mountain thyme”.
Thanks to Mark for contributing this arrangement for three flutes!