Of A' The Airts
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- Bonnie Ship The Diamond
- Bonnie Earl O Moray
- Chairlie O Chairlie
- Of A' The Airts
- The Auld Meal Mill
- Johnny Lad
- D-Day Dodgers
- Green Grow The Rashes
- Rothesay O
- Bonnie George Campbell
- Nicky Tams
- Tramps And Hawkers
- Arthur McBride
- Shoals Of Herring
- The Waddin'
The Bonnie Ship The Diamond A song from the Peterhead whaling
fleet dating back to early 19th Century. In 1830 three of the ships mentioned
in the song The Diamond; Resolution and Eliza Swan along with 17 other ships
and crews were lost when they got trapped in the ice off Greenland.
The Bonnie Earl 0’ Murray In 1592 James Stewart the Earl of Moray was
murdered in his Donebristle home by the Earl of Huntly, some say at the behest
of the jealous King James, others think it was for private reasons. Charlie
0 Charlie The farmer of this traditional song is taking a leave of
absence but is making sure the farm runs smoothly while he is gone. “Fit every
man tae his station.” From John Ord’s Bothy Songs and Ballads (1930). Ord didn’t
say where he got the song, but he did print a tune for it. Of a’ the
Airts (Burns) Technically the song’s title is ‘I Love My Jean” and
was written by Burns while on his honeymoon with Jean Armour. The tune to which
Burns set the song is Miss Admiral Gordon’s Strathspey. The Auld Meal
Mill “A guid auld coothie coortin’ sang frae the Nor’ east.” Johnny
Lad As Folkies do, we have added a few verses to this fine traditional
rant. D-Day Dodgers The title is a phrase coined by Lady Astor
prior to the D Day landings in Normandy in World War 2. She referred to the
troops engaged in the conflict in Italy whom she thought most erroneously were
dodging the column. This song is their reply to that lady. Green Grow
the Rashes (Burns) A characteristic early Burns song beautifully written
to extol the virtues of the Fair Sex. Rothesay O The Isle of
Bute has always been a magnet for Glaswegians on holiday. Sometimes, drink taken,
the odd altercation may have occurred. Bonnie George Campbell
A widow laments the killing of her husband in battle prior to the birth of their
child. The song dates back to the 1500s Nicky Tams Nicky Tams
were the straps or pieces of twine worn by farm workers, tied tightly below
the knees to prevent the intrusion of undesirable species such as chaff or rats.
Tramps and Hawkers There are many differing and varied versions
of this old song, with verses suited to different areas. “For a’ gauin’ aboot
bodies, like wirsels.” Arthur McBride This is an Irish protest
folk song. It was first collected around 1840 in Limerick by Patrick Weston
Joyce; also in Donegal by George Petrie. Several versions are found in Scotland,
Suffolk and Devon - the tunes differing slightly. The song can be called an
anti-recruiting song. Shoals 0’ Herrin’ (McColl) Written by
Ewen McColl who based it on a young fisherman’s story of the hardships endured
by and the bravery of the crews who chased the Silver Darlins. The Waddin’
(Sutherland) A young farm worker’s expectations of life after marriage. The
song is by Jean Sutherland from Fife. (High Fye Music)
Recorded at the Haven Studios for Kelvin Records ©2011.
- Gordon Menzies : vocals, guitar, mandoline, banjo and harmonica.
- Robin Watson : vocals, guitar, bass guitar.
- Pete Clark : fiddle.
- John Watson : piano.
- Janet Watson : photography.
- Produced by RW.