Series 8 Programme 3
The first song in today’s kist comes from Jill Bowman, well-known for her one-woman-show, ‘Toasting the Lassies’. This is Jill’s own version of ‘Coming through the Rye’ from her album ‘Perfect Lover’. On the theme of ‘rye’, Liam reflects on ‘whiskey’ or should it be ‘whisky’ and how this is one of the contributions of the Scots-Irish to the new world… He also recalls an old neighbour who had a still…
Track 2 is from the Low Country Boys’ CD ‘Gran’ Time Comin’ - and is called ‘Fu’ an Skailin’ - and there is more information about the group at www.lowcountryboys.com.
Liam tells a story about Reverend William Davison who was preaching in Edinburgh during Covenanting times: following one adventure, he acquired the name ‘Dainty Davy’ - and Janet Russell and Christine Kidd sing the song of the story - ‘Dainty Davy’.
The next song is the title tune from Donnie Munro’s CD and DVD, ‘The Fields of the Young’: and it’s followed by a reading of ‘The Gannaway Burn’ - written by Andrew McKenzie, the Bard of Dunover (near Ballywalter) and read by Willie Cromie. The music behind the reading is ‘Lament for Lowrie o’ da Lea’, played by late Shetland fiddler, Willie Hunter, with piano accompaniment by Violet Tulloch. This reading can be found on a cassette tape produced by the two Wills, called ‘Braid Tongue Poems’.
Staying with a Shetland theme, Shoormal are a young band from the northernmost part of Scotland. Their CD, ‘Migrant’ has a collection of songs in both English and Shetlandic, and we hear the track ‘Bohus’, a sad song with Freda Leask on lead vocals.