15 tracks: The Muckin’ O’ Geordie’s Byre (Jimmy MacBeath) * The Stool of Repentance (fiddle and mouth-organ bothy band) * As I Cam Ower The Muir O’ Ord (James Bowie - Blin’ Jimmie) * The Bold Princess Royal (Jamie Taylor) * The Shepherd Lad O’ Rhynie (John MacDonald) * My Last Farewell To Stirling (Charlie Murray) * Whistle Ower The Lave O’t (Jimmy MacBeath) * Stumpie / The Mason’s Apron (diddling) / Lochiel’s Welcome To Glasgow (mouth-organ) * Mrs Grieg (Jamie Taylor) * The Hairst O’ Rettie (Charlie Murray) * The Smith’s A Gallant Fireman (fiddle - Charlie Bremner) * The Haill Week O’ The Fair (Jamie Taylor) * The Old Horned Sheep / Atholl Highlanders (fiddle and mouth-organ bothy band) * As I Gaed Up By Auchinlech / Hooch On, My Bonny Lass / We A’ Jumped On To The Black Boar’s Back / A Man Wi’ A Tartan Sark / As I Went Over The Bonny Brig O’ Banff / My Father’s Dairy Maid (Mmuth tunes and nonsense rhymes - Frank Steele).
Music from the North East of Scotland.
Jimmy MacBeath, James Bowie, Bill Elvin, John MacDonald, Charlie Murray & Jamie Taylor, Charlie Bremner and Frank Steele.
It was the ‘bothy’ system of North-East farms in Scotland which served as a sort of folksong incubator in late-Victorian and Edwardian days. The unmarried farm labourers were accommodated in stone-built outhouses called bothies, and they spent a lot of their time making their own music - playing the fiddle and melodeon, and swapping such songs as took their fancy.
The farm scene itself often produced good material for satire or comic invective, and new songs were composed commemorating the trials and tribulation of poetically gifted bothy chiels at farms such as Castle of Auchry, Drumdelgie and The Barnyards of Delgaty. These often contained stanzas warning other farm servants against falling for the blandishments of skinflint farmers.
The Scottish Tradition Series consists of a selection of material previously held in the School of Scottish Studies Archives at the University of Edinburgh. The widely acclaimed collection is quite unique, and has been regarded as “the most important series of traditional recordings ever…”.
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