Wild Mountain Thyme" (also known as "Purple Heather"
and "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go") is a folk song written by
Francis McPeake, a member of a well known musical
family in Belfast, of Scottish origin. McPeake's lyrics
are a variant of the song "The Braes of Balquhither" by
Scottish poet Robert Tannahill (1774-1810), a
contemporary of Robert Burns. Tannahill's original
song, first published in R. A. Smith's Scottish
Minstrel (1821–24), is about the hills (braes) around
Balquhidder near Lochearnhead. Like Burns, Tannahill
collected and adapted traditional songs, and "The Braes
of Balquhither" may have been based on the traditional
song "The Braes o' Bowhether".
Although originally created for Voice and Folk
Instruments, I adapted this work for a Bassoon quartet.