Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 2

For Friendship and for Harmony




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Songs and ballads recorded at the Fife Traditional Singing Festival in May 2005. This was the third year of the event - a gathering of many of Scotland's finest exponents of the art held at the Fife Animal Park in Collessie, Fife. Songs include the north-east bothy ballad Hairst o Rettie, the ancient murder ballad The Cruel Mother and the infamous Aberdeen song The Castlegate.


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The album opens with Joe Aitken of Kirriemuir singing the majestic north-east bothy ballad The Hairst o Rettie. Other songs include Ythanside from Jock Duncan, the ancient murder ballad of the Cruel Mother from Elizabeth Stewart and Stanley Robertson's version of When I Wis New But Sweet Sixteen. Norman Kennedy, the internationally renowned traditional singer originally from Aberdeen was a special guest at the event from his home in Vermont in the USA and here he sings the classic Scots ballad of Binnorie and the infamous Aberdeen song The Castlegate. The tyneside singer Louis Killen, recently returned to our shores after many years as a professional folk singer in the USA, sings the great nautical ballad Bold Princess Royal.


Track List:
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1: Hairst o Rettie : Joe Aitken
2: When I Wis New But Sweet Sixteen : Stanley Robertson
3: The Butcher Boy : Elizabeth Stewart
4: Ythanside : Jock Duncan
5: Bold Princess Royal : Louis Killen
6: I am Wearin Awa John : Chris Miles
7: Up a Wild and Lonely Glen : Stanley Robertson
8: Binnorie : Norman Kennedy
9: Bogie’s Bonnie Belle : Joe Aitken
10: Ferretin : John Malcolm
11: The Cruel Mother : Elizabeth Stewart
12: Guise o Tough : Jock Duncan
13: When Fortune Turns the Wheel : Louis Killen
14: Lakes o Shillin : Sheila Stewart
15: Ellon Feeing Market : Joe Aitken
16: Yowie wi the Crookit Horn : Elizabeth Stewart
17: The Castlegate : Norman Kennedy


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