When First I Went To Caledonia

By Tony Cuffe

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  1. When First I Went To Caledonia
  2. Miss Wharton Duff
    The Mare
  3. The Iron Horse
  4. Caledonia
  5. Dr. McInnes’ Fancy
    Jim Tweedie’s Sea Legs
  6. The Buchan Turnpike
  7. The Lass O’ Patie’s Mill
  8. The Weary Pund O’ Tow
  9. Paddy Kelly’s
    The Humours Of Tulla
  10. Otterburn
  11. The Scalloway Lasses
    Miss Forrester

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"When First I Went To Caledonia"

This was Tony Cuffe’s 1st solo recording, made just before he left Scotland to live near Boston. As well as being a great player of several instruments, no-one in Scottish traditional music has ever had such a talent for unearthing old songs from books such as “Ford’s Vagabond Songs”, or “Ord’s Bothy Songs and Ballads”, giving them a new tune, and breathing new life into them. Tony saved many a good song from extinction, in his 2 solo recordings, and also the LPs he made with “Jock Tamson’s Bairns” and “Ossian”. His selection of tunes was always to my taste, too. I learned many great pipe-tunes from Tony before I ever heard any piper play them. This is my favourite recording of Scottish traditional music - very few have even come close.
Track 4 - "Caledonia" - is a traditional song, not Dougie McLean’s "homesick" song.

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