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    Scottish Ballads & Folk Music


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    Dowie Dens of Yarrow by Karine Polwart

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    Ah, Taggart - I love that tragic ballad, and I love Karine Polwart's voice.

    Here's another of hers, a Burns song, that certainly echoes my own sentiments.

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    What a great thread this is - thanks so much for starting it, elderpiano.

    I love Dougie Maclean too - here's his version of a lively eighteenth-century song written by the displaced Episcopalian minister, John Skinner.

    Tullochgorum!

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    he Battle of Harlaw - Old Blind Dogs

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    Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, Farewell to Stromness, a beautiful lilting ballad. I so wish I could play this.
    I think this version is actually played by Peter Maxwell Davis himself. But there are other very nice versions out there.

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    My other favourite version.

    Taggart, Have you played this? .

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    As I came in by Fisherrow - I was hoping for the Dick Gaughan version, but this is still nice.

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    It's almost horrible for me, not awefull, lamenting the decline of so many Scottish people,
    and that's as they see it, a history, a castle, a lost tartan or brooch, and their spirit.
    There are Sons and Daughters of the Gael who speak Gaelic. Bay-an-uck let, blessings on you.
    Scottish people are those who came to our island to escape the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages.
    When other people came to take what they had, they fought them off, uniting as Scots.
    My paternal Watt clan and maternal Hay clan still stand.
    Legally, within the Scottish clan system, I can wear any tartan.
    I wear a MacGregor coat, hand-sewn by a well-known Scottish seamstress in Ontario, Canada.
    There are no Mc or Mac Watt or Mc or Mac Hay. We survive amongst you still.
    We stand behind you.
    You should wonder, why, in the entire Holy Bible,
    it doesn't tell you what happened when you looked into the eyes of Jesus of Nazareth.
    Are your eyes the windows to your soul? Does their light glow in the dark?

    This is a MacGregor lament by a wife about the death of her husband, a Clan Chieftan.

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    Andrew Lammie - Child Ballad 233 - a tragic ballad that may be based on a historical event.
    Sung here by Dick Gaughan.

    The lyrics and recording background can be found here -
    https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/andrewlammie.html

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    Johnny o' Breadislee - Child Ballad 114 - Sung by Hamish Imlach.



    More about the song here:
    https://mainlynorfolk.info/june.tabo...bredislee.html
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    Here is the lovely playlist for the Ballads of the Scotish ballads....some of them are one of the best in the series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlderonFrederic View Post


    Here is the lovely playlist for the Ballads of the Scottish ballads....some of them are one of the best in the series.

    This is a video of an Irish song sung by an Irish group.
    Just saying!
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    Back to Scotland now for a modern performance of the Burns song 'A man's a man for a' that.'

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