A Maid Went To Comber | Till Viola

from Mountscribe by Rowan Piggott

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Also known as The Next Market Day, I have this version from another of my Dad's groups; The Lonely Stranded Band – Joe Corcoran sang it on their 1996 album. The beautiful tune after it is written by the brilliant Swedish duo Algot (Magdalena Eriksson & Mattias Mårtensson) in memory of a woman called Viola Andersson.


A maid going to Comber her market to learn
To sell for her mammy three hanks of fine yarn
She met with a young lad along the highway
Which caused this young lady to ramble and stray...

"Sit down beside I mean you no harm,
Sit down beside me this new tune to learn,
Here are three guineas your mammy to pay
So hang by your yarnd till the next market day..."

They sat down together the grass was so green,
And the day was the fairest that ever was seen,
"The look in your eye would lead angels astray,
I could lie in your arms till the next market day..."

This girl she went home and the words that she said
Are "The air that he played me rings round in my head
I will go find him by land or by sea
Till he learns me the tune called The Next Market Day."


from Mountscribe, released January 14, 2018
Rowan Piggott – Voice / Fiddle
Felix Miller – 12-string Guitar
Philippe Barnes – Alto Flute
Anna Tabbush & Georgia Lewis – BVs


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Rowan Piggott Sheffield, UK

Rowan is a fiddle-singer, writer and tunesmith who grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland, surrounded by traditional music. The author of two successful tunebooks, he has also written articles for The Living Tradition magazine and led fiddle workshops at festivals all over the country. In 2016, he won the Future of Young Folk Award at Bromyard Folk Festival. ... more

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