Gaberlunzie: Gaberlunzie and Friends in Concert


  • Gaberlunzie and Friends in Concert
    • 2013 - Kelvin Records [?] CD (x2)
  • Disc One
    1. The Wark o' the Weavers
    2. The Trooper and the Maid (Trad.)
    3. Manura Manya (Matt McGinn)
    4. The Two Butchers (Trad.)
    5. Loch Leven's Land (Trad./Menzies)
    6. Catch Me (Gordon Menzies)
    7. I'm a Believer (Niel Diamond)
    8. Learning The Game (Buddy Holly/David Hill)
    9. City of New Orleans (Steve Goodman)
    10. Killiecrankie. (Trad./Burns)
    11. Rolling Hills of the Borders. (Matt McGinn)
    12. North of the Border (Gordon Menzies)
  • Disc Two
    1. Jigs (Andrew Rankine)
      1. The Weaver and his Wife
      2. The Cornerhouse Jig
      3. Donald Iain Rankine
    2. The Bluebell Polka (F. Stanley)
    3. Bourrasque (Michel Peguri)
    4. Two Step, The Graipit Wife (John Bone)
    5. Reels
      1. General Election (Bobby MacLeod)
      2. Miss Jane of Violet Bank (Max Houliston)
      3. Jeans Reel (Bobby Macleod)
    6. The Shearin's No' For You (Trad.)
    7. Country Roads (John Denver)
    8. Continental Polka (C. Morbidelli.)
    9. The Dark Island (Iain MacLachlan)
    10. Hornpipes and Reels
      1. Harvest Home (Trad.)
      2. The New High Level (Rankine/Whinham)
      3. The High Level (James Hill)
    11. The Bat (Gordon Menzies)

  • Gaberlunzie
    • Gordon Menzies: Vocals, Guitar, Mandoline
    • Robin Watson: Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar
  • Musicians
    • Sarah Menzies: Vocals
    • Tich Frier: Vocals
    • David Don: Bass
    • Graeme Marshall: Lead Guitar
    • Andy Philip: Accordion
  • Credits
    • Produced by Robin Watson
    • Recorded at Milnathort Town Hall for Kelvin Records © 2013.


On 28th December 2013, to herald their 45th anniversary year, Gaberlunzie turned their annual Milnathort Christmas concert into a recording session and invited a few friends to come along, to sing or play or both. The end result is the new double disc album Gaberlunzie and Friends in Concert.

Sarah Menzies — Gordon's daughter with a degree in ballet, experience in musical theatre, teacher of dance, is commencing a post grad degree for primary teaching. She also has a very fine singing voice.

Tich Frier — Our bosom boozin' buddy since time immemoriamial. A founder member of the band Bitter Withy, lead guitarist and vocalist with the Vindscreen Vipers Skiffle Group, solo artist now for many years, many, many years and trusting he will have many more to play and sing his unique harmonies.

David Don — Proprietor of the Internationally renowned Village Inn / Cross Keys hostelry in Milnathort started his musical career at school in Alloa, has played professionally with several bands and joins us to play bass guitar on this recording.

Graeme Marshall — Graeme for his sins hails from Edinburgh, started playing guitar at primary school and never stopped. We will not compromise his amateur status by offering to pay him for his excellent lead guitar work on this album.

Andy Philip — Andy started playing accordion when he was 9 years old. He was taught by Jim Hutcheon of Ayr. We met Andy at a gig in Millport and have enjoyed the craic ever since. Andy, an Ayrshire man, has played alongside us at every Christmas/New Year Concert in Milnathort.

The Wark o' the Weavers: This is the original song with a new arrangement by Gaberlunzie and nothing to do with wellies.

The Trooper and the Maid: Love at first sight, leave at first light.

Manura Manya: This song inspired Jimmy the Scaffy to pursue his chosen career.

The Two Butchers: Chivalry, trust and betrayal. Murder most foul.

Loch Leven's Land: Old tune "Lowlands Low" with new local words by Gordon Menzies.

I'm a Believer: Robin has given the song a new and meaningful approach.

Learning The Game: Buddy only wrote the first verse and chorus before his fatal plane crash. The additional words are by lifelong Buddy fan David Hill from Dunoon.

City of New Orleans: A song written by Steve Goodman describing a train ride from Chicago to New Orleans on the Illinois Central Railroad. It was made famous by Arlo Guthrie.

Killiecrankie: We recorded this song on our very first album in 1969 when Jimmy Macdonald was with us. The song is connected with Robert Burns who collected part of it and wrote the rest.

Rolling Hills of the Borders: A great song by our old pal Matt McGinn.

North of the Border: A comment upon the historical reasons for the condition Scotland finds itself in today with a word of caution to all those politically elected.

The Bat: Gordon's tribute to Batman. Storyline "Dark Knight Rising"