A Souch o Gallowa

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Norman's Cronies

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Norman MacCaig reads poems in Scots written by his friends, and reads his own appreciation of Robert Garioch

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1 Bizerta

2 At My Father’s Grave

3 Cokkils

4 She Fills the Hairt

5 Frae the Riggins o Chelsea or

Hame Thochts frae Abraid

("It wasnae a bad nicht we had . . .")

6 Credo

7 In Time of Deepest Wanhope

8 The Years of the Crocodile

9 An Appreciation of Robert Garioch

10 I’m Neutral

11 The Percipient Swan

12 The Canny Hen

13 Cooling-aff

14 Lesson

15 Echo in Scots

16 Prolegomena*

17 Peeries and Buckies

18 Eros

19 Quiet Passage

20 Ghaisties

21 The Smoky Smirr o Rain

22 My Een are nae on Calvary

 
        
                        

 

THE CRONIES:

(A) Hugh MacDiarmid SSCD 149

(B) Sydney Goodsir Smith

(C) Robert Garioch

(D) George Campbell Hay

(E) Douglas Young

(A) 1 Bizerta [02.04]

2 At My Father’s Grave [00.36]

(B) 3 Cokkils [00.50]

4 She Fills the Hairt [00.55]

5 Frae the Riggins o Chelsea or

Hame Thochts frae Abraid

("It wasnae a bad nicht we had . . .") [04.30]

6 Credo [01.50]

7 In Time of Deepest Wanhope [02.26]

8 The Years of the Crocodile [01.14]

(C) 9 An Appreciation of Robert Garioch [02.06]

10 I’m Neutral [00.58]

11 The Percipient Swan [02.19]

12 The Canny Hen [08.38]

13 Cooling-aff [01.38]

14 Lesson [06.44]

15 Echo in Scots [00.43]

16 Prolegomena* [05.48]

17 Peeries and Buckies [00.37]

18 Eros [00.46]

19 Quiet Passage [01.05]

20 Ghaisties [01.23]

(D) 21 The Smoky Smirr o Rain [01.10]

(E) 22 My Een are nae on Calvary [00.25]

*Original recording incomplete; last three stanzas read by George Philp

Cover photograph of Norman MacCaig at home, copyright of George Philp

All recordings previously available in Scotsoun archive as under:

1 sscd 080 Twa Leids / Dà Chànan

2 sscd 079 Langholm Memorial Sculpture

3–8 sscd 141-142 Sydney Goodsir Smith (Makars Series)

9 sscd 061 In Mind o a Makar (In Memory of Robert Garioch)

10–14 sscd 045 Robert Garioch (Makars Series)

15 sscd 080 Twa Leids / Dà Chànan

16–20 sscd 072 Poems in Scots and Gaelic

21 sscd 080 Twa Leids / Dà Chànan

22 sscd 080 Twa Leids / Dà Chànan

Gordeanna McCulloch

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Leid in Sang in mind o Norman

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1 Bonnie George Campbell 2:36

2 Willie Drount in Yarrow 4:59

3 The Flouers o the Forest 4:39

4 Johnnie o Braidieslie 5:53

5 The Bleacher Lassie o Kelvinhaugh 4:41

From The Merry Muses by Robert Burns

6 Wha'll Mowe Me Nou? 4:00

7 The Hielan Laddie 2:22

8 John Anderson, My Jo 3:37

9 The Auld Man’s Winter Thocht 1:37

(with thanks to Ian Ferguson of Bournemouth for the setting)

10 Caw the Yowes 3:56

11 The Piper o Dundee 2:08

12 The Road to Dundee 4:27

13 Rothesay Bay 2:22

14 Love and Freedom 1:38

Total playing time on this CD 48:55

LEID IN SANG

The title of this CD perhaps needs some explanation. "Leid in Sang" means "language in song" in English.

The subtitle of this CD (in mind o Norman*) reflects Gordeanna's debt to Norman Buchan who in years past taught her to appreciate the worth of Scots songs. The sheer beauty of the words and tunes recorded on this CD are for this and future generations; this is our heritage and we aa maun hain it.

I found the following thoughts registered in A Dictionary of the Scottish Language published in Edinburgh in 1818!

". . . (the Scots language) was cherished and preserved only by the fondness of her native bards, who poured forth their enraptured lays in the expressive language of their native country, which by being joined to the melodies of Scotland, the original music and language gave and received mutual support".

"Gave and received" — the exchange between the sang-makar and the sangster. A Scots song embodies the Scots language; a Scottish song as often as not praises a Scottish theme or location in English.

Tom Fleming in his foreword to The Dipper an the Three Wee Deils by Dr James Begg and Mr John Reid is of the opinion that "A language has to be spoken, read, written and sung to survive".

The idea of this recording arose after Gordeanna McCulloch sang Bonnie George Campbell at a social event arranged by the Glasgow Branch of the Scots Language Society.

Her unaccompanied singing was memorable for its diction, emotion and linguistic integrity. This mode of performance allows the singer to interpret and convey the meaning of the words to an audience. Phrasing, emphasis and feeling were all reflected in the nuances of that artistic performance.

Gordeanna tells me that when she learns a new song only two things matter — the words and the tune. She does not base the learning process on hearing another singer sing the song.

This must be what gives her singing the quality of style which comes from her perceptive understanding of the Scots language itself.

George Philp

Hairst Gaitherins

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HITHER AND YONT IN HISTORY, SANG AND POEM FROM DEE AND DON TO THE LAIRIG GHRU, BUCHAN, THE GARIOCH, THE MEARNS AND ANGUS

1 Introduction George Philp 1:07

2 Foo Aul’s ’s Bennachie? Flora Garry/William Maitland 3:00

3 The Battle o Bennachie, AD84 Duncan Mennie/Duncan Mennie 2:27

4 The Battle of Harlaw, 1411 Nigel Tranter 5:06

5 The Battle of Reid Harlaw Andy Hunter 4:19

6 Spring in the Howe o Alford Charles Murray/Flora Garry 1:51

7 Spring Fever Flora Garry/William Maitland 1:56

8 The Neep-Fields by the Sea Violet Jacob/Jean Faulds 1:19

9 The Lum Hat wantin the Croon David Rorie/Callum Stuart & Ewen Ritchie 2:24

10 The Picnic David Rorie/May Thomson 2:00

11 The Pawky Duke David Rorie/Callum Stuart & Ewen Ritchie 3:06

12 Ae Mair Hairst Flora Garry/William Maitland 1:49

13 The Hint o Hairst Charles Murray/Louis Donald 1:03

14 Winter Charles Murray/Flora Garry 0:28

15 Winter Ferlie Ken Morrice/Ken Morrice 1:37

16 O gin I were where Gadie rins Jim Reid 3:54

17 The Hill Fort Flora Garry/Flora Garry 0:15

18 The Colony Flora Garry/Flora Garry 0:19

19 Bennachie Charles Murray/Danny Gordon 1:19

20 Lairig Ghru J C Milne/George Philp 1:59

21 The Wild Geese Violet Jacob/Jean Taylor Smith 1:30

total running time for this CD 43:48

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22 The Wild Geese set by Jim Reid 2:36

23 Sabbath i the Mearns Douglas Young/Hamish Henderson 1:38

24 Hamewith Charles Murray/Alistair Taylor 0:35

25 There’s aye a Something Charles Murray/William Maitland 3:02

26 The Cat Flora Garry/Douglas Kynoch 3:14

27 Logie o Buchan Alyne Jones 3:15

28 Shy Geordie Helen Cruickshank/George Philp 0:56

29 The Brig Charles Murray/Douglas Kynoch 1:17

30 Foo Mony Cubits? Ken Morrice/Ken Morrice 0:33

31 The Dook Ken Morrice/Ken Morrice 0:41

32 Sangstress Ken Morrice/Ken Morrice 1:02

33 Allt Darrarie Sheena Blackhall/Sheena Blackhall 0:54

34 Pastoral Sheena Blackhall/Sheena Blackhall 1:12

35 Gun Sheena Blackhall/Sheena Blackhall 1:59

36 The Bonnie Lass o Fyvie J im Reid 2:11

37 Bydand Charles Murray/Louis Donald 1:19

38 In Lythe Strathdon Charles Murray/Danny Gordon 0:48

39 Fut Like Folk? J C Milne/Flora Garry 1:09

40 Caw, Caw, Caw J C Milne/Flora Garry 0:20

41 Drumdelgie Scott Gardiner 2:15

42 The Packman Charles Murray/William Maitland 7:22

43 Tho’ I be Aul’ Charles Murray/Danny Gordon 1:42

44 Gin I was God Charles Murray/Maitland Mackie 0:53

45 Intro to Heraclitus George Philp 0:17

46 Heraclitus Charles Murray/Flora Garry 0:50

total running time for this CD 43:12