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Scottish Drinking And Pipe Songs
Recorded Live By Alan Lomax
Scottish Drinking And Pipe Songs
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
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Scottish Drinking And Pipe Songs by Recorded Live By Alan Lomax


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All Artists: Recorded Live By Alan Lomax
Title: Scottish Drinking And Pipe Songs
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Legacy International
Release Date: 11/11/2009
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk, Celtic, Europe, British Isles, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 076637034626


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Scottish Drinking And Pipe Songs by Recorded Live By Alan Lomax

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Authentic Scottish folk tunes
Zack Davisson | Seattle, WA, USA | 11/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Alan Lomax collected these tunes right from the source. He took his tape recorder to the pubs, to the islands and highlands, to the farmhouses and to the ceilidh halls. The result is some of the finest, most authentic piping, fiddling and singing that you will ever hear.The recordings are not hi-tech, but they are of outstanding quality. The majority of the songs are single instrument. The singers are unaccompanied. There is a nice blend of men's songs and women's songs, as well as a blend of English and Gaelic tunes. The singers are not musicians by profession, but each voice is clear and powerful.As a nod to the authenticity of the recordings, there is a woman who believes that her cow will produce more milk if she sings to it. The recording of her song, "Gentle Lady" is made while she milks the cow and you can hear the milk hitting the bucket to keep time. A fine collection of waulking songs is made while the women waulk the tweed."
Reissue of 2 great Tradition Records LPs: "Heather and Glen"
Weimin Tchen | Melrose, MA USA | 08/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is a reissue of 2 great Tradition Records LPs, "Heather and Glen", and just part of "Classic Scots Ballads". These traditional songs were crafted hundreds of years ago in the highly poetic culture of Scotland.

"Heather and Glen" holds field recording made by Alan Lomax, Calum McLean, and Hamish Henderson in 1950-51. The short notes that accompany the CD are a hack job, skimmed from Lomax's LP notes, with addded misleading references pubs and whiskey. The first side of the original LP has Scots Lowlands songs, including the magnificent Aberdeen singer Jeanie Robertson (v. The Queen Among the Heather: The Alan Lomax Portait Series ). The second side of the LP has Gaelic songs from the Hebrides: waulking songs (to thicken newly-woven wool), a wonderful milking song, and passionate lyrical songs. I feel that these early recording by Flora MacNeil (Lament for William Chisholm & Sister's Lament) are perhaps more direcly impassioned than her later CDs such "Craobh Nan Ubhal". I see that the waulking songs are part of the recently-issued "Gaelic Songs of Scotland: Women at Work in the Western Isles". I can only hope that the group working on the Alan Lomax collection will continue by issuing CDs for Flora MacNeil and Alan MacDonald.

Tracks 20-25 are from "Classic Scots Ballads", an early collaboration by Ewan McColl & Peggy Seeger, who did much to build the British folk song revival. The full LP was reissued in 1997, with extensive liner notes.

The reason that I mention the CD's pitiful liner notes, is because the notes should help us understand the depth and cultural background of the songs. For example, we should know that "Lament for William Chisholm" was composed (probably by his widow) after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746. The Gaelic words weave together love, and pride and a great sense of personal loss for her fair young husband:

"O young Charles Stuart, it is your cause that left me desolate.
You took from me everything I had, in the war for your sake.
I do not mourn for my sheep or cattle, but for my husband.
Since that day, I was left a widow with nothing in the world but my shirt.
O my fair young love."
Scottish Piping and Drinking Songs
Maggie | New Mexico, USA | 03/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you like real folks songs sung by real folks and real music you will love this album. The singers may not have the most beautiful voices but if you close your eyes you can easily imagine yourself in a quaint Scottish pub filled with good drink and great friends! A definite favorite of mine!"