James Robertson

Empty Vessel


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Short story that wan the Sloan Prize in 1991

The readin lasts 35 meenits - suitable for senior pupils an adults

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Raymond Vettese

The Richt Noise

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1 Introduction William Neill 2:02

2 Prologue Raymond Vettese 3:30

3 The Richt Noise Raymond Vettese 2:23

4 The Horn, Yirdit Raymond Vettese 4:08

5 The Kailyard School Ellie McDonald 1:03

6 Nirvana Raymond Vettese 5:07

7 In the Key o Truth Raymond Vettese 3:48

8 On the Doorstep George Philp 2:23

9 Aifter the Doorstep William Neill 2:55

10 Scotland ’79 Ellie McDonald 0:50

11 Dod George Philp 1:50

12 Auld Fairmer Raymond Vettese 0:49

13 Fricht-the-Craw Ellie McDonald 1:32

14 Auld Wife Knittin George Philp 1:07

15 Scottish Mythology Raymond Vettese 0:39

16 My Carrion Words Raymond Vettese 1:10

17 Auld Rock-banes Raymond Vettese 1:39

18 Crystal Dancer Raymond Vettese 4:00

19 Joy-spreit Ellie McDonald 0:45

20 Gaudy Aumous Raymond Vettese 1:01

21 Scottish Names Raymond Vettese 1:44

22 Til Deid Een Ellie McDonald 1:14

23 A Ferlie Buskin George Philp 0:38

24 Shaddas Raymond Vettese 1:13

25 Hoo Faur? Raymond Vettese 1:11

26 Weeds Raymond Vettese 0:54

27 The Muckle Tree Raymond Vettese 1:27

28 Waste Ellie McDonald 1:14

29 Tak Pooer! Raymond Vettese 3:39

30 Epilogue Raymond Vettese 3:43

total running time of this CD 59:38

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William Hershaw, Tom Hubbard, Angus Martin, David C Purdie, David Purves


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1 For Andrew [cm] WH

2 Nirvana [a43,hb] DP

3 Bairnrhyme [ffp] TH

birds and beasties

4 Lyfe an Daith [ch38,hb] DP

5 The Ratton [sq] AM

6 Sair on Snails [s91,hb] DP


7 The Lang Licht [z] DCP

8 The Deid Thraw o Wunter [ch38,hb] DP

9 Embro Gray [ps5] DCP


10 A Leid Caa’d Love [ad] WH

11 Speerit o the Leid [ffp] TH

12 Hinniewaff [l54] DCP

13 Ghaist Dance [cm] WH

for makars

14 The "Makar" (Efter Amairgen) [ffp] TH

15 Lyric on a theme o Ernesto Cardenal [nm] TH

16 Tweeddale Coort [ffp] TH

17 Makars [cm] WH

tak tent

18 Barak’s Speech [l48] TH

cleikit wi fowk (dedications)

19 The Banks o Ballantrae [sq] AM

20 Leith Walk Variation on RLS [c36] TH

21 The Captains [sq] AM

22 The Biggers [z] DCP

23 The Hird’s Hoose [sq] AM

24 In Praise o Standart Habbie [o111] DCP

25 The Sloans [sq] AM

26 The Yirth is Haly tae ma Fowk [cm] WH

27 Forest [lp] AM

hame and furth o alba

28 Dysart [cm] WH

29 Otterston Loch [cm] WH

30 Schellbronn [ffp] TH

orra (miscellaneous)

31 Nicht Flicht [ch59,hb] DP

32 The Not [sq] AM

33 The Professional [tt] DP

34 The Hintmaist Tour [l56] DCP

35 The Veisitor [lr,hb] DP

36 Raindraps’ Journey [atw] WH


37 The Cauld-Kail Kintra [z] DCP

38 Man [s95] DP

death, disaster and the departed

39 The Daith-Tree [l50] DCP

40 Spartacus’s Men [ch26,hb] DP

41 Passchendaele [sq] AM

42 The Tulchan [z] DCP

43 Pompeii [ffp] TH

44 The Lindsay [fl] WH

45 Grandfather [lp] AM

46 Comp [cm] WH

47 Ghosts [sq] AM

48 Eck’s Pairtie [sip90] DP

49 The Dawn Was All Around Me [ol] DCP


50 The Retour o Troilus [ffp] TH

key to poet/reader

William Hershaw WH

Tom Hubbard TH

Angus Martin AM

David C Purdie DCP

David Purves DP

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 . . .