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Music Round the World: The Music of Scotland

(Audio recording)

Language: English
Available in:»English»Français

This edition of the Music Round the World series showcases a variety of songs, dances, and ceremonies from Scotland. This program presents a selection of songs collected in Scotland by Alan Lomax, with the help of the Maclean’s of Raasay, Hamish Henderson, and William Montgomery. The first song presented is a Bothy Ballad from Aberdeen. The second song presented is a Lullaby first printed in 1803 in Johnsons Scot’s Musical Museum. The third song is a rare Gaelic song called “Dillyo Idelum” that comes from the Highlands and is sung by John McCleod and John McKinnis. The fourth song is called “The Tinker’s Wedding” from East Kilbride in Lanarkshire. The fifth song is a rowing song from the Hebrides. The sixth song is another song of the sea called “The Night is Wet,” which is about the MacNeil’s of Barra who were once famous sea marauders. The seventh song is a call and response tune that occurs during the act of shrinking homespun tweed. The eighth song showcased is one that occurs at social events that takes place between dances. The final song showcased is sung by Flora MacNeil of Castle Bay, Barra, called Cairistìona. The music from Scotland featured in this program forms part of the Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive music collected by Alan Lomax. This program was prepared and distributed by the radio division of UNESCO in Paris with commentary by Keith Wood.

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Place/region: Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe
Type: Performing arts
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Performer: Flora MacNeil, John McCleod, John McKinnis Published in:

Original: Reel-to-reel audio tape
Location: F-S.314
UMVS reference: STV2437
Source ref.: MCR/799
Studio TV ref.: RAD/2437
Rights holder: UNESCO
Additional info: For license details see MCR/799