In the previous issue of Common Stock, we included an article on the various versions of two tunes, Sugar Candy and Lasses Pisses Brandy. Omitted from that collection was this setting of Sugar candy from the second volume of david Young’s Macfar;ane Mansucript. I have included it here transposed from the edition made available online by Ronald MacDonald(
One interesting feature of this setting is the appearance of demi-semi-quavers in three of the variations, yet another example of the fact that these tunes were pklayed rather slower than we might expect if these passages were absent. Whether this was true of all tunes in the genre is a topic for discussion. Those who enjoy playing wide-ranging tunes are invited to add this to their repertoire