Tail Toddle​/​The Morning Dew​/​The Ale is Dear

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Tail Toddle (Robert Burns)/The Morning Dew/The Ale is Dear -trad.Scottish/Irish
We launch into this sprightly set with one of Burns’ bawdier songs, a rather explicit description of intimacy in Lowland Scots dialect (translation on our website). The tunes that follow are both popular session tunes.


...Tail toddle, tail toddle
...Tammie gars my tail toddle
...But an' ben wi' diddle doddle,
...Tammie gars my tail toddle.

When I'm deid I'm oot o' date
When I'm seik I'm fu' o' trouble
When I'm weel I stap aboot
An' Tammie gars my tail toddle.

Jessie Rack she gied a plack
Helen Wallace gied a boddle
Quo' the bride, "It's ower kittle
For to mend a broken doddle."

Oor guid-wife held ower to Fife
For to buy a coal riddle
Lang or she cam' back again
O Tammie gart my tail toddle.


from Silver, released September 30, 2011
Barbara Tresidder Ryan - lead vocals, bouzouki, bodhrán
Bernard Argent - wooden flute, vocals
Chuck Lawhorn - bass guitar
Kathleen Larrick - vocals
Jim Queen - fiddle, vocals



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IONA Washington, D.C.

IONA has been taking its unique brand of traditional Celtic music to festivals, arts centers, schools & house concerts all over North America and Europe since 1986, blending music from the various Celtic traditions with stories and a little humor - Barbara Ryan (vocals, bouzouki, bodhran), Bernard Argent (flute, doumbek), Chuck Lawhorn (bass), Jim Queen (fiddle, banjo) & Kathleen Larrick (dance). ... more

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