The Blackbird [An Londubh] Irish set-dance hornpipe (traditional)
Lark in the Morning jig (traditional)
Bog an Lochan [The Water Ouzel] strathspey (traditional)
The Corbey and the Pyett reel (traditional)
Green Grow the Rashes reel (traditional)
Logan Water was set by Francesco Barsanti in his Collection of Old Scots Tunes (1742). It must have been a well-known melody, as Allan Ramsay directed that one of his songs in The Tea-Table Miscellany (1724) should be sung to the melody of Logan Water. The blackbird was used in songs as a symbol for various
members of the royal Stuart family, and also as a symbol for Ireland. The Blackbird was published as an air in Cooke's Selection (Dublin c. 1795). James Oswald had previously published the closely related Bonny Lass of Aberdeen in his Caledonian Pocket Companion book 12 (1759). The first published setting that is close to the dance settings later printed by Francis O'Neill and others is one collected by Edward Bunting in 1803 from a harper. It was published in Bunting's collection of 1840. O'Neill remarked in 1910 that The Blackbird was a "universally known" tune. By this time (and probably much earlier) it had taken on an unusual fifteen-bar structure.
Lark in the Morning (also called The Trip to Sligo) can be found in Francis O'Neill's The Music of Ireland and The Dance Music of Ireland (1903 and 1907). Bog an Lochan was first published in Robert Bremner's collection (c. 1751-61) under the title Athol Cummers. It is played as a stepdance strathspey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, as on this recording. The Corbey and the Pyett comes from James Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion. A corbie is a raven or crow and a piet is a magpie. Other names for the tune are The Bonnett Makers of Dundee, Sweet Molly, and (as a strathspey) The Burnt Leg. The melody to Green Grow the Rashes appears in seventeenth-century manuscripts and was first published by Robert Bremner as The Grant's Rant. Robert Burns rewrote a song to the air, which appears in the Scots Musical Museum (1787).