Nigel Denver   •   Folk Old and New

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  • Folk Old and New
    • 1968 - Decca SKL 4943 LP
  • Side One
    1. Smile in Your Sleep (McLean)
    2. The Sabbath (McLean)
    3. Ma Maw's A Millionaire
    4. The Braes O'Balquhidder (Tannahill, Arr. McLean)
    5. Lady Chat (McLean)
    6. Shining White Banner
    7. Durram A Doo
    8. Haughs O'Cromdale
  • Side Two
    1. The Minister's Son (McLean)
    2. It's a Life
    3. Campbell's Black Head
    4. The Pawn Shop Door
    5. She's Gaun To Be Wed
    6. Peace and Liberty (Burns, Arr. McLean)
    7. Broom Besoms
    8. The Barras (McLean)

  • Musicians
    • Bobby Campbell: Fiddle
    • Brian Brocklehurst: Bass
    • Bobby Orr: Drums
    • Mick Darwin: Guitar
    • Dave Miles: Banjo
    • Tom Paley: Banjo
    • 'Peter' on the Sally Anne Drum!
    • Nicky Welsh: Piano, Harpsichord, Piano Accordion & Jangle-Box Piano
  • Credits
    • Producer: Mike Vernon
    • Recording Engineers: Terry Johnson; Dave Grinsted
    • Musical Director: Nicky Welsh
    • Cover photo by Alisson Chapman
    • All tracks: Trad. Arr. McLean, unless otherwise noted.

SMILE IN YOUR SLEEP — The history of the Highland Clearances, or Sheep Clearances as they are sometimes called, should be read by all Scots. The barbarous acts committed against these people and the Gestapo-like treatment of them in the name of commerce and efficiency cannot be imagined.

THE SABBATH — The complete lack of social life in Scottish towns on Sunday, due mainly to the Scottish Kirk's "Sabbatarian" policy, drove a friend of mine into buying a wheelbarrow which he trundled through the main street in Stornoway on a Sabbath afternoon shouting, "Fling out your dead! Fling out your dead!"

MY MAW'S A MILLIONAIRE — This is a street song I learned as a child which I have remade.

THE BRAES O' BALQUHIDDER — The McPeake's version, "Will ye go, lassie, go", is better known, but this is the original song written by the Paisley poet Robert Tannahill.

LADY CHAT — Made from the novel, "Lady Chatterley's Lover".

SHINING WHITE BANNER — I translated this from the Gaelic, "Bratach Bana", but retained the original chorus which has long since lost any meaning.

DURRAM A DOO — Rothesay is a favourite holiday resort on the Isle of Bute, much visited by Glaswegians at 'The Fair', the annual two weeks summer break.

HAUGHS O' CROMDALE — Two battles, one at Auldern in 1645 and the other at Cromdale in 1690, have been treated as one in this ballad. A slightly longer version may be found in volume 5 of Johnson's Scots Musical Museum.

THE MINISTER'S SON — They say that minister's sons are usually the worst but no explanation is offered. Here is one.

IT'S A LIFE — Another street song reworked by me.

CAMPBELL'S BLACK HEAD — Also known as Bonny George Campbell but without the gory verse.

THE PAWN SHOP DOOR — Most of the characters in this tale were local worthies in Paisley, when I was a child.

SHE'S GAUN TO BE WED — To commit suicide because your girl-friend has married someone else is a bit drastic to my way of thinking, but one can't help feeling sorry for this poor lad!

PEACE AND LIBERTY — This is Robert Burn's answer to all the Scottish romantic grumblers.

BROOM BESOMS — This, surely, is the ultimate in rationalisation!

THE BARRAS — Glasgow, like most big working-class cities, has her own 'flea-market' called the Barras, or in English, the Barrows!

Jim McLean