Bruce A Bailey Gloomy Winter's Noo Awa

Gloomy Winter's Noo Awa

by Robert Tannahill (1774 – 1810)
Tune: Lord Balgownie’s Favourite

Tannahill was a Paisley weaver by trade, and composed as he worked at the loom. His friend, the composer R.A Smith, tells how a lady of Smith’s acquaintance expressed a wish that there were words to accompany “Lord Balgownie’s Favourite”, a tune of which she was fond. Smith asked Tannahill to write something for the air, and this was done within a few days.
The song was published about 1808, became very popular, “and was the reigning favorite in Edinburgh for a considerable time” according to Philip A Ramsay in Life and Works of Tannahill 1838.

This is my arrangement, based loosely on a fiddle and cello version by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas. It was tracked using my live equipment with minimal post production, and is available for streaming or download.

Instruments used:
• Atelier Cremone & Andrew Fein MILAN Cello
• NS Designs CR Series electric cello
• Blueridge Tenor Guitar (Acoustic)
• Eastwood Tenorcaster (Electric)