Ye Boys o Callieburn
On Springthyme SPRCD 1042
Shepheard, Spiers & Watson - They Smiled as We Cam In
Pete Shepheard: When I was involved in organising the early TMSA festivals in Blairgowrie we set out to bring together traditional singers and musicians from all parts of Scotland. The Mitchell Family of Campbeltown in Kintyre (father, mother, daughter and son-in-law) were invited to the 1968 festival on the recommendation of Hamish Henderson who had come across Campbeltown butcher and amateur folksong collector Willie Mitchell in 1956 during a lecture tour in Argyll organised by the WEA. The MitchellsÕ singing of several Kintyre songs provided a most memorable highlight of that gathering in 1968 - two songs in particular - NancyÕs Whisky and the local Kintyre emigration song Ye Boys o Callieburn (Roud 6932) that he had collected from Mr Reid, the farmer at Callieburn. Willie Scott was also a guest that same year and, after a wonderful informal Saturday afternoon ceilidh in the Sun Lounge of the Angus Hotel and, with the texts from Willie Mitchell, he quickly took both songs into his repertoire.
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