The Robert Tannahill Federation

The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill - Volume 1 (2006)

"A significant, ground-breaking, cultural enterprise... also a thoroughly fascinating collection. On this first volume we are treated to some great singing from some of the finest contemporary singers, with modern folk arrangements."... Scots Magazine *****

1. Fly We To Some Desert Isle (Emily Smith)
2. Hey Donald, How Donald (Wendy Weatherby)
3. Rob Roryson's Bannet (Gillian MacDonald)
4. The Braes o Balquhidder (John Croall)
5. The Five Friends (Jim Reid)
6. Coggie Thou Heals Me (Ross Kennedy)
7. Meg o the Glen (John Croall)
8. When John and I were Married (Gillian MacDonald)
9. Jessie, The Flow'r o Dunblane (Ross Kennedy)
10. O Are Ye Sleeping Maggie (Jim Reid)
11. Barrochan Jean (John Morran)
12. Och Hey! Johnny Lad (Emily Smith)
13. The Dear Highland Laddie O (Gillian MacDonald)
14. Yon Burn Side (Ian Anderson)
15. With Waefu' Heart (Wendy Weatherby)
16. I'll Hie Me To The Shieling Hill (Ross Kennedy)
17. Molly My Dear (Ross Kennedy)
18. Eild (Fred Freeman)
19. I'll Lay Me On The Wintry Lea (Emily Smith)

Accompanying musicians include: Corrina Hewat (Harp) and Sandy Brechin (Accordian).

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The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill - Volume 2 (2010)

The roster of performers gives continuity with Volume 1 in the presence of one of its singers (Emily Smith) and five of its instrumentalists (Wendy Weatherby, Aaron Jones, Frank McLaughlin, Marc Duff, Chris Agnew and Fiddler’s Leap man Ian Anderson), while it also calls on the services of Malinky’s Steve Byrne (mandolin, guitar), Box Club’s Angus Lyon (accordion) and Tannahill Weavers’ John Martin (fiddle), with Chris Wright (cittern, guitar), Richard Werner (congas, djembe) and Mike Black (tabla). The present volume is dedicated to the memory of Jim Reid, a key contributor to volume 1, who sadly died last July. Thus, vocal honours this time are more or less evenly divided between Jim Malcolm (Old Blind Dogs), Nick Keir (McCalmans), Anam’s Brian O’Headhra, the aforementioned Steve Byrne and up-and-coming Lucy Pringle (a Danny Kyle Award winner at last year’s Celtic Connections), with Rallion’s Marieke McBean contributing a brief but enticingly energetic rendition of Hey Donald, How Donald.

This is modern scholarship at its best, but there’s not a whiff of undue academe about the exercise – so bring on volumes 3, 4 and 5; and soon, I say... David Kidman.

1. My Mary (Jim Malcolm)
2. Gloomy Winter's Noo Awa (Emily Smith)
3. One Night in my Youth (Brian O' Headhra)
4. Brave Lewie Roy (Nick Keir)
5. The Soldier's Adieu (Steve Byrne)
6. While the Grey Pinioned Lark (Emily Smith)
7. Fragment of a Scottish Ballad (Lucy Pringle)
8. Bonnie Winsome Mary (Brian O' Headhra)
9. Come Hame Tae Yer Lingels (Jim Malcolm)
10. Oor Bonnie Scots Lads (Lucy Pringle)
11. Hey Donald, How Donald (original version) (Marieke McBean)
12. The Lomond (Steve Byrne)
13. Peggy O'Rafferty (Brian O' Headhra)
14. Mine Ain Dear Somebody (Emily Smith)
15. O Lassie Will Ye Tak a Man? (Steve Byrne)
16. Kitty Tyrell (Brian O' Headhra)
17. O Sair I Rue the Witless Wish (Steve Byrne)
18. Noo Winter Wi His Cloody Broo (Nick Keir)
19. Poem: On Seeing a Spider... (Fred Freeman)
20. The Soldier's Widow (Lucy Pringle)
21. Bonnie Hielan Laddie (Jim Malcolm)

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