Gaberlunzie   •   Superstition

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  • Superstition
    • 1982 - IGUS/Klub KLP 34 LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. Superstition (Gordon Menzies)
    2. Barnyards Of Delgaty (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    3. Menzies Tree (Gordon Menzies)
    4. Willie John McMenemy (Gordon Menzies)
    5. Ye Banks And Braes (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    6. Don't Bury Me Before the Battle (Gordon Menzies)
  • Side Two
    1. Haughs O' Cromdale (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    2. The Auld Folk (Gordon Menzies)
    3. Cam Ye By Atholl (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    4. Bonnie Dundee (Trad. Arr. Gaberlunzie)
    5. Spirit Of the Eagle (Gordon Menzies)
    6. The Bonnie Argylls (Gordon Menzies)
    7. Leaving Loch Broom (Gordon Menzies)

  • Gaberlunzie
    • Gordon Menzies: Vocals, Guitar
    • Robin Watson: Vocals, Guitar
  • Musicians
    • Graham Brierton: Bass
    • Dave Murricane: Piano
    • John Sampson: Recorders
    • Mike Gill: Accordion
    • Harry Barry: Drums
    • Pipe Major Malcolm M. Mackenzie: Pipes
  • Credits
    • Producer: Harry Barry
    • Recorded at CaVa Studios, Glasgow
    • Photo: Gavin McNae

Sleeve Notes

Superstition — The "Old Religion" still exists in the Scottish Highlands, on a parallel with Christianity to a certain extent. My own upbringing was in a strict Presbyterian household where I was never allowed to cut my toenails on a Sunday, and spilled salt was thrown over the left shoulder — to spite the Devil's eye.

Barnyards Of Delgaty — This old bothy ballad takes a lighthearted look at farm life in the first half of the 20th century.

Menzies Tree — On the shores of Loch Rannoch in Perthshire stands an old Scots Pine called the Menzies Tree. Legend has it that when the tree falls the last Menzies will have left Rannoch forever.

Willie John McMenemy — This is one of those apocryphal stories, which if not actually true, ought to be. I first heard it related about a Glasgow laddie.

Ye Banks And Braes — Robert Burns has captured all the bitterness of the abandoned lover.

Don't Bury Me Before the Battle — What do the men of our armed forces think about in the moments before they go into battle?

Haughs Of Cromdale — This is our somewhat uptempo version of the old battle song.

The Auld Folk — I dedicate this song to my mother, Nancy, who will probably beat me up when she reads this for suggesting that she is my ancient parent.

Cam Ye By Atholl — This is another jacobite song, written by James Hogg the Ettrick Shepherd. The music is by Neil Gow Jnr.

Bonnie Dundee — Sir Walter Scott wrote this, referring to Graham of Claverhouse, not the City.

Spirit Of the Eagle — This is for all Scots everywhere, and those who would like to be.

The Bonnie Argylls — This is our tribute to the renowned Scottish regiment which has had more than its share of unpleasant duties.

Leaving Loch Broom — For all our friends in and around Ullapool, who welcomed us when we most needed it.