Broom o' the Cowdenknowes * Tha mi tinn
This song and accompanying tune were already old when, in the early 1700s, Allan Ramsay included it in The Gentle Shepherd and guaranteed its popularity. A few years after its appearance there, it became a fad among "trained" fiddlers to try and add second sections on to old traditional tunes. There's a story that the celebrated Italian composer Geminiani, then living in Dublin, had a go and gave up in frustration after "blotting several quires of paper". We didn't attempt to take up where he left off, but we did discover that the old Gaelic air Tha mi tinn (I am sick with love) wove in well.