Gaberlunzie   •   Brave Words 'N' Fightin' Talk

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  • Brave Words 'N' Fightin' Talk
    • 1969 - Golden Guinea GGL 0435 LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. Killiecrankie (Burns, Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    2. Yody Ody Oh (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    3. Yaller Girls (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    4. The Alamo (Bowers, Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    5. Hey Ca' Through (Burns, Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    6. Gorbals Clearances (Menzies)
    7. Culloden (Menzies)
    8. Glencoe (Menzies)
    9. Fiery Cross (Menzies)
    10. Tartan Plaidie (Menzies)
  • Side Two
    1. Burliegh Sands (Menzies)
    2. Ploughboy Laddies (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    3. Whiskey in The Jar (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    4. Deerstalker Hat (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    5. Gallowa' Hills (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    6. The Blina (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    7. Mhairi (Menzies)
    8. Otterburn (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    9. Tae the Beggin' (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    10. Here's to Good Old Whisky (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)

  • Gaberlunzie
    • Jimmy MacDonald: Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
    • Robin Watson: Vocals, 12 String Guitar
    • Gordon Menzies: Vocals, Guitar, Mandoline
  • Credits
    • Produced by Cyril Stapleton
    • Engineer: Howard Barrow
    • Recorded at The Ashfield Club, Glasgow

Sleeve Notes

The Gaberlunzie — This is a Scottish word which means a beggar or pedlar or, so I am led to believe by the three ex Glasgow policemen who make up the Ex Hayriders group now known as the Gaberlunzie.

And what magnificent song pedlars they are. I called this album "Brave Words N' Fightin' Talk" because, after the first five minutes of the recording session I was so shaken by the threatening rattle of dirks and sporrans I wanted to fly back to my side of the border. Miserable cowardly Sassenach that I am.

Seriously, Messrs. Menzies, Watson and MacDonald have done a wonderful job on this recording of Scottish Folk Songs and original songs written by Gordon Menzies.

No true tartan proud full blooded whisky drinking Scotsman should be without a copy of this record.

Cyril Stapleton


According to Gordon Menzies — "Jimmy MacDonald was instrumental in bringing Robin and me together and forming the group. He was with us for a year and left to buy a pub in Ayr. Later went on to acting and DJ in local Radio Westsound. He still lives in Ayr."

Update: Jimmy MacDonald passed away on October 9, 2011 at the age of 80. Source: The Herald.