Saturday 7 May 2011
Tune of the Day: Corn Riggs Are Bonnie
Traditional Scottish tune
This tune dates from the 17th century, and a country dance of the same name was frequently taught by country dance masters in Scotland in the 19th century. Both the tune and the dance were also well-known in County Donegal, Ireland.
The tune has words (“It was upon a Lammas night / When the corn rigs were bonnie”) written to it by the Scottish national poet Robert Burns, and they are still popular. An arrangement of Burns' song notably appears in the 1973 thriller film The Wicker Man.