Brian Holton

The Mossflow

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Passages in Scots from the classic Chinese novel Shuihu Zhuan

translated by Brian Holton

1 Introduction by Brian Holton

Whit’s this Shuihu Zhuan? An whit’s Mossflow got tae dae wi’t? 11:55

2 Chapter 3: Shi Jin the Nine-Gaired Dragon leaves hame tae try the gangrel life. 3:18

3 On the road he faas in wi Lu Da, Controller o Martial Leir i the Fift Circuit Airmy. 4:28

4 They tak a dram wi General Toober-the-Tiger, an hear the soun o greitin an girnin. 4:27

5 Emerant Lilly an her auid faither tell their waesome tale, an Lu Da gets fell roused. 8:50

6 Lu Da gangs doun tae the flesher’s an sorts out the Wast Mairch Crusher. 7:15

7 Lu Da gets named a fautor an is pit tae the horn. 3:16

8 Lu Da, fugied tae airts unkent, faas in wi a kent face i the burgh-toun. 1:19

9 Lu Da leivin. 2:36

Total playing time on this CD 47:24

 
Mossflow is a version in Scots of the classic Chinese novel Shuihu Zhuan. Set in the 13th century, in the closing years of the Song dynasty, it tells a series of tales of hardmen and heroes, boozers and brawlers who rollick their way through an age of corruption, civil strife, uproar and anarchy.

One of the best-loved books in a culture which has written more books than any other on the planet, Shuihu Zhuan has a troubling and perennial question at its heart: what do good men do about bad government?

Brian Holton is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Here he reads part of his ongoing version of Mossflow. He fell in love with the book many years ago as a student at Edinburgh, and began the translation in the early ’80s. It has continued on and off ever since, as a labour of love. One day he may even finish it . . .

Sheena Blackhall

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(1) Introduction by Rev David Ogston 7:15

Burn an Brae

(2) Clunie Burn/AT 1:21

(3) Back o Bennachie/RS 1:52

(4) Dee Journey/AT 1:46

(5) Pastoral/RS 1:28

(6) Glen Muick/AT 0:45

(7) Land/RS 1:12

(8) Jezebel/FM 0:43

(9) Land Hunger/RS 1:27

(10) Gun/SB 2:03

(11) Wee Hootie Owl/FM 0:21

(12) Peat Gaitherin, Birse/AT 1:37

(13) Watter/FM 0:57

(14) The Tryst/SB 0:38

(15) Ile on Troubled Watter/FM 0:39

(16) Ophelia/SB 0:37

(17) Allt Darrarie/AT 1:02

(18) The Rites o Spring/RS 1:15

(19) Spring in Cromar/AT 1:06

(20) Au Clair de la Lune/FM 0:17

(21) Hairst Heirskip/AT 1:29

(22) Autumn/RS 1:33

Weird an Waesome

(23) Bairn Sang/SB 0:50

(24) Halloween/RS 1:08

(25) Phantasmagoria/SB 1:08

(26) Tomnaverie/AT 1:29

(27) Serpent’s Sang/SB 0:50

(28) Gloamin/AT 1:21

(29) Tinker’s Sang/SB 0:27

Breets Baith Kent an Fremmit

(30) The Salmon/AT 0:47

(31) Moose/FM 0:27

(32) The Corbie/SB 1:06

(33) The Dinosaur/FM 1:08

(34) Jumbo/SB 1:06

Fowk

(35) Doon an Oot/FM 1:21

(36) Hannah the Herd/RS 2:27

(37) Mister McCafferty/FM 0:34

(38) Jist Dan/RS 1:10

(39) Raggie Maggie/FM 1:39

(40) Delinquent’s Sang/SB 1:08

(41) Lang Legged Tam/AT 1:35

(42) Daith’s Frien/SB 1:06

total running time of this CD 54:10

READERS

SB/Sheena Blackhall; RS/Robbie Shepherd;

FM/Frieda Morrison; AT/Alastair Taylor

Note: item number 10 was recorded at a different time and location and therefore does not match the audio perspective of the other recordings

The original 1993 audiocassette version was published with assistance from the Scottish Arts Council and from the Charles Murray Memorial Trust

Gordon K. Murray

Tales o a Gamie

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1 Introductory remarks Gordon K Murray, the author 0:52

2 Remarks on the dialect George Philp 1:53

3 Duologue on the dialect words George Philp/Gordon Murray 2:30

4 Remarks on the stories David Buchan 1:06

(formerly of Stirling University and now Professor in the Department of Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John’s Newfoundland)

5 The Poacher David Buchan 5:30

6 Calum the Cairter Flora Garry 5:13

7 A Bolt fae the Green Douglas Kynoch 5:16

8 The Open Hill Alexander Scott 6:29

9 The Gamie’s Dogs David Buchan 5:33

10 Mac Douglas Kynoch 4:10

11 Sandy Flora Garry 6:05

total running time of this CD 44:37

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1 The Incomer Alexander Scott 7:12

2 The Delivery Flora Garry 8:00

3 Jock Gordon Murray 3:02

4 O Bonnie Beastie Flora Garry 5:58

5 The Gamie David Buchan 4:49

6 Gin I had my wye o’t Douglas Kynoch 4:04

7 Fishers are Born Alexander Scott 9:21

total running time of this CD 42:35

Fishers are Born appeared in Lallans No.11, Mairtinmas 1978, published by The Scots Language Society.

All the other stories are to be found in Tales o a Gamie, printed and published by Heatherbank Press, Milngavie.

Les Wheeler

Brockit, the fermtoon cat

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1  Brockit George Philp 1:41

2 Brockit’s Sweemin Lesson Sheena Blackhall 2:19

3 Brockit an The Bubbly-Jock Alastair Taylor 2:13

4 Brockit an The Muckle Coo Leslie Wheeler 2:38

5 Brockit an The Tale o Moses Sheena Blackhall 2:19

6 Brockit an The Fishie’s Van Alastair Taylor 2:06

7 Brockit’s Bath Day Sheena Blackhall 2:21

8 Brockit’s Holiday Leslie Wheeler 2:38

9 Brockit Reaches the Hichts Alastair Taylor 3:28

10 Brockit an The Berries Sheena Blackhall 2:42

11 Brockit The Hero Leslie Wheeler 3:36

Total playing time on this CD 28.01

Cover illustration by Rosemary Taylor.