Rare by Jock Tamson’s Bairns
The fourth brilliant album from the Edinburgh group, and possibly the last, as we have lost the two fiddlers Ian Hardie and Derek Hoy, both far too young.
1. Blythe Blythe And Merry Was She [song - lyrics by Burns, the tune is an old Scottish tune called "Andro and his Cutty Gun"]
2. Scotch Cap/ The Faerie Boys Of Leith /The New Way To Edinburgh /The Leith Scotch Measure [all old Edinburgh tunes from Jack Campin’s great collection "Embro, Embro" http://www.campin.me.uk/Embro/ "Scotch Cap" is also called "Edinburgh Castle"]
3. The Fause Knicht On The Road [song, Child 3]
4. Coire Mhic Fhearchair (McFarquhar’s Corrie)/The Fishertown Jig/The Iona Hop The Iona Shuffle [slow air, jig, jig, reel, all composed by Ian Hardie]
5. The Bonnie Earl O’ Moray [song, Child 181]
6. The Mull Waltz/Castle Stalker ["The Mull Waltz" is a slowed-down version of a strathspey called "The Mull Rant". Castle Stalker is an unusual pipe tune usually notated in 3/4, but I think it should be 6/4]
7. Da Grocer/Pottinger’s Compliments To Ronnie Cooper/The Marquis Of Huntly’s Reel [Da Grocer is by Tom Anderson, Pottinger is Shetland fiddler John Pottinger, and the final reel is by Peter Milne]
8. Aye Waukin’ O [song, Burns again]
9. The Grave Of The Unknown Clansman/The Highlands Of Banffshire/Trip To Skye/Logie Bridge [first and last tunes by Ian Hardie, the two strathspeys in the middle are traditional]
10. The Soor Milk Cairt [a Glasgow song]
11. Baba Mo Leonabh [the air of a Gaelic Lullaby, the title in English is "Ba-ba My Baby" or "Sleep, Sleep, my Child"]
12. The Bogend Hairst [an Aberdeenshire bothy balls]
This is the only "Youtube" video of the band available at the moment. Fiddlers Derek Hoy and Ian Hardie have departed from us since, so it’s great to have at least one clip we can see to remember what fine musicians they were.