TRADITIONAL SONGS AND BALLADS
Original Issue: 1964 Folkways (FW 8760)
Reissue: 1994 Ossian (OSS DC 104) Buy it here!
Margot-meter: 5 moons / 5
The purest folk musick you can imagine (alongside Shirley Collins) & the perfect remedy to the stress of everyday life!
1. As I Came in by Fisherrow
2. The Spinning Wheel
3. My Apron Now
4. Tibbie Fowler
5. The Begger Laddie
6. The Weary Pund o' Tow
7. The Baron o' Leys
8. The Earl of Errol
9. The Shepherd and his Wife
10. Fare Ye Weel My Auld Wife
11. Hey, How Johnny Lad
12. Blythsome Bridal
13. The Braes o' Balquither
The collection is Scottish, the period the 17th and 18th centuries, and the subject is sex.
So sweetly do Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger sing the hypnotic tunes that even the most shocking deep-country scandals sound gentle and gay.
from Irtrad Reviews:
Bothy Ballads of Scotland (OSS CD 101)
Songs of Robert Burns (OSS CD 102)
Ewan MacColl with Peggy Seeger:
The Jacobite Rebellions (OSS CD 103)
Traditional songs and Ballads of Scotland (OSS CD 104)
Scottish Traditional Songs (OSS CD 105)
It may come as a surprise to many to realise that Ewan MacColl was actually born Jimmy Millar, in Perthshire, but grew up in Salford, England. His parents were politically active and MacColl was deeply involved in the folk revival movement from a very early age.
One of the seminal figures of the period, his style of singing spawned a whole generation of quavery-voiced, finger-in-the-ear, folk club floor singers. His singing style was in many ways unique, although it drew heavily on traditional techniques.
Listening to these recordings will confirm that he was in fact a very fine singer, or in fact several very fine singers! for he had the ability to seemingly become a migrant farm worker, one of BurnsU Crochallan Fencibles, or a disgruntled Jacobite.
The five CDs offer 87 tracks, some of which are unaccompanied, some of which feature Peggy Seeger on 5-string banjo, autoharp, guitar, and/or backing vocals. A complete range of
Scottish traditional song is offered here, and the comprehensive sleeve notes not only give plenty of information of themselves, but give references to those who might wish to take the matter further.
Some of the tracks, particularly those with backing of various sorts can sound dated to the modern ear, although In fact the tracks with 5-string banjo accompaniment at times show the very close relationship between this type of music and that of the southern
Appalachians. The unaccompanied tracks sound still sound incredibly fresh, and the more I listen to them, the more I come to realise what a great singer McColl was (he died last year).
The sound quality on all the recordings is excellent, and they transfer well to the CD format.
S. C. Hamilton