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Robert Burns Duets & Songs (book)

Duets and trios arranged for fiddlers from the songs of Robert Burns - including lyrics.

Robert Burns (1759- 1796) was a master poet and song writer as well as a great collector of tunes and words. It is not such a well known fact that he had a great love of the fiddle and its melodies. It is understood that he himself played the instrument in an amateur fashion. The airs used by Burns for his poems were often the popular instrumental tunes of his day though he did use tunes from older collections and often turned to the compositions of Neil Gow.

With the rise in popularity of Burns Suppers, and with more and more demand for the service of fiddlers of all ages and stages to provide entertainment, it is highly appropriate that the fiddle should be part of these, and other occasions for celebration these days. This book of fiddle duets gives musicians the opportunity to play solo or together with singers and accompanied by guitar or piano. Lyrics of the songs are included and guitar chords and bowings. A Cd of all the tunes is available and each tune is played twice. The second time only fiddle one plays so that the harmony can be played as accompaniment to make your own duet.


Fiddle, Group music, Scots song
Book format:
Jean-Ann Callender, Christine Martin
Bowing, Chords
Tune Types:
Air, Jig, March, Waltz
Robert Burns night
Beginners / Intermediate
Jean - Ann Callender, Christine Martin

Table of contents

  • Ae Fond Kiss
  • A Man’s a Man for a’ That
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Ay Waukin O
  • Bannocks o’ Bear Meal
  • The Birks of Aberfeldie
  • Canst Thou Leave Me
  • Ca’ the Yowes
  • Comin Thro the Rye
  • The Deil’s Awa wi the Exciseman
  • Duncan Gray The Gallant Weaver
  • Green Grow the Rashes O
  • I Hae a Wife o My Ain
  • I’ll Gang Nae Mair Tae Yon Town
  • I’m a Doun for Lack o Johnnie
  • John Anderson my Jo
  • Kenmure’s Up and Awa
  • Leezie Lindsay
  • Mary Morison
  • My Hoggie
  • My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
  • My Love She’s But A Lassie Yet
  • My Nannie’s Awa
  • Ruffian’s Rant
  • Scots Wha Hae
  • There’ll Never be Peace till Jamie Comes Hame
  • There Was a Lad
  • This is No My Ain Lassie
  • Willie Brewed a Peck o' Maut
  • Ye Banks and Braes


“A find collection, both for instrumentalists and singers.”

John Moar

“This collection, of thirty-one songs, is set out clearly with chords, lyrics, melody line and one or sometimes two lines of harmony. These second lines are well chosen: not over fussy or contrived, which would only distract from the important melody line.”

John Moar - Orkney View Magazine