This record is a selection of some of the best of Scottish Folk and Traditional music today. The Freedom Come All Ye is a song with a special place in the Scottish Folk revival and Hamish Henderson's ceilidh recording provides the centrepiece for an LP dedicated to freedom from hunger and disease. All concerned have given their services free of charge and all proceeds will go to Edinburgh University Settlement's Ethiopia Appeal Fund.
Thanks are due to all the artists and record companies who have made this LP possible, and especially to Pete Shepheard; Artie Treztse; Canongate Music, Blackfriars St., Edinburgh; Jenny and Jamie MacLean; the desk staff at Penicuik Police Station; Edinburgh University Students Association and Alumni Office and many others. Thanks also to Pete Haigh of Pier House Studios, Granton Square, Edinburgh, for remastering and expert advice; The School of Scottish Studies, George Square, Edinburgh, for their support.
MIRK are from Thurso on the northernmost coast of the Scottish mainland and are well known throughout Britain. Rated as one of Scotland's finest traditional folk groups, on this track they feature the fine singing of Margie Sinclair.
DOUGIE MACLEAN is an immensely talented performer whose special blend of self-penned and traditional music has won him acclaim in Europe, North America and Australia. He's an expert fiddler and charismatic singer and has recently set up his own studio in rural Perthshire.
IAIN MACKINTOSH is from Glasgow and has an almost magical way with an audience and a song, moving effortlessly from the serious to the comic. Admired and respected at home and abroad Iain has made many LPs.
HAMISH HENDERSON sings the LP's title song, one of a number of great songs he has contributed over the years. Hamish is a poet and folklorist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University.
SPRANGEEN is a group of women musicians based in Edinburgh, bringing together a unique and imaginative combination of fiddles, steel and gut string Celtic harps, concertinas, flutes, whistle and double bass. Originally formed in 1982 as part of the WOMEN LIVE IN SCOTLAND Festival they stayed together to become one of the most popular new groups in Scotland.
DAVY STEELE is a talented singer and songwriter with a tough lyrical quality all his own Davy has the ability to cross over the boundaries of different musical styles and is a consummate performer of his own and traditional material.
THE McCALMANS have been one of Scotlands top singing groups for 20 years and are currently embarking on their 6th TV series. The group is based in Edinburgh, but tour extensively throughout Europe and the, English speaking world.
MARGARET BENNETT is from Skye and spent some years in Canada before returning to take up her post as Lecturer at The School of Scottish Studies. Margaret is a Gaelic singer of note and her song here is a lament for Gregor McGregor hanged in Taymouth Castle.