A MAN'S A MAN — A song by Robert Burns as meaningful today as it was when written in the eighteenth century, and will continue to be so as long as it is sung. A few of the words require translation: gowd: gold, hodden: coarse woollen cloth, birkie: cocky little man, coof: dunderhead, aboon: above, maunaf fa: must not try, bear the gree: win the victory.
KATE DALRYMPLE — This tune will be immediately recognisable, especially to devotees of BBC Radio's Scottish country dance programmes. Although the tune remains popular, the words of the song seem to have fallen from grace, but by including it on this disc we hope we have done something to restore what after all is a very amusing anecdote.
The song is followed by an instrumental called … PETRONELLA
FAREWELL TAE TARWATHIE — Scotland's tradition of the sea, ships and fishermen is captured in this song from Aberdeenshire, an area undergoing many changes at this lime due to a different kind of catch from the sea ... oil. I wonder if this new treasure will inspire such grand songs in the future.
SOUND THE PIBROCH — Mrs. Norman Macleod, senior, wrote this song and it ranks as one of the most popular and certainly one of the most spirited of Jacobite songs. We count ourselves fortunate that we have been invited to sing it by Mrs. Ellen Murray, a great-granddaughter of the composer.
SCOTS WHA HAE — More words by Robert Burns set to the tune Hey Tuttie Taitie, traditionally said to be the tune played at the march-past of Robert Bruce's men at Bannockburn. I'll bet Bruce felt on that day just such sentiments as are conveyed in the song.
PEGGY GORDON — This is, quite simply, a beautiful song.
THE BLUEBELLS OF SCOTLAND — One of the more maligned of Scottish love songs, but if it's that bad, I wonder why most people in the English-speaking world can sing you at least a wee bit of it.
I KNOW MY LOVE — We are perfectly well aware that I Know My Love should be sung by a woman, but no funny cracks please. The song is followed by an instrumental called … THE LARK IN THE MORNING
WHERE TWO HAWKS FLY — The subject of the song is in the Scottish border country, a farmhouse standing on the site of an ancient fortress of the Buccleuch family. The castle was once the centre of a thriving community, but all that remains today is the keystone of the original archway and part of the family crest set in stone, "… the crescent moon", referred to in the song.
WESTERING HOME (Roberton) — We don't like performing to any audience, whether with us in the theatre or listening at home, without giving them the chance to join us in a song. Here's one which must be known to everybody, so why not sit back, relax, and shout your bloody head off.