11 tracks: A Man’s A Man For A’ That (Sheena Wellington) * The Freedom Come All Ye (Jim Reid) * Ae Fond Kiss (Rod Paterson) * Follow The Heron (Karine Polwart) * My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose (Davy Steele) * In Freendship’s Name (Gordeanna McCulloch) * Sae Will We Yet (Tony Cuffe) * Both Sides The Tweed (Dick Gaughan) * Sic A Parcel of Rogues In A Nation (Fiona Forbes) * Scotland’s Story (Tom Lawrie) * Auld Lang Syne (The Cast).
For a’ the bairns and awbuddie else.
For all the children and everybody else.
This album is the result of discussion between Scottish piper and pipe-maker Hamish Moore and Ian Green about the need for a CD of ‘favourite Scottish songs’ to be available in Scottish schools - a collection that would be a simple tool for teachers to introduce Scotland’s rich song heritage to their pupils.
Much thought was put into the selection of songs for this compilation. We feel the final selection fits all the criteria and if Scottish children left school knowing at least these songs we would be well satisfied. It is hoped, however, that introduction to these eleven songs might encourage some, if not all children, to investigate further.
In compiling the album it became clear to both Hamish and Ian that this was a collection which would have interest for a’ the bairns and awbuddie (everybody) else so the album will also be on general release through retail outlets, in addition to being made available to Scottish schools.
Burns’ most popular songs - A Man’s A Man, Ae Fond Kiss, My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose, Sic A Parcel O’ Rogues In A Nation and of course Auld Lang Syne, are included and it is interesting to note that the first is Sheena Wellington’s live performance at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, while the latter is the version by The Cast of this internationally acclaimed song, which became part of the soundtrack of the film Sex And The City.
The other three Burns’ songs are by Rod Paterson, the late Davy Steele and Fiona Forbes respectively, giants of Scottish song. Hamish Henderson’s The Freedom Come All Ye, often suggested as a possible candidate for Scotland’s National Anthem, is sung by the late Jim Reid, while Dick Gaughan’s Both Sides The Tweed, an invitation to live in peace and harmony with our English neighbours, is now a classic.
Karine Polwart’s Follow The Heron was only written in 2002 but has already entered the Scottish song tradition, as has The Proclaimers’ Scotland’s Story, sung by Tom Lawrie. In Freendship’s Name and Sae Will We Yet are traditional songs to be found in many collections and sung here by two fine interpreters of traditional song: Gordeanna McCulloch and the late Tony Cuffe.
This is a mighty collection of favourite Scottish songs, widely recorded and to be found in the repertoire of many singers, performed here by some of Scotland’s finest.
“Wowser! The Favourite Scottish Songs compilation is a brammer. What a mega compilation this is. Powerful and meaningful Scots sangs superbly delivered by great Scots singers. The intrinsic spirit and emotion of these songs has been given full expression in the beautifully articulated lyrics taen fae oor ain guid Scots tongue. Yoos twa lauds, yersel and Hamish Moore, shid be weel plaised wi yer wark. Yiv din a grand joab pittin this the gither.”
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