A Tuppeny Tannahill Songs & Poems
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Compiled and Edited by Dr Fred Freeman – Illustrations by Lorenzo Galantini | Published 2009 Renfrewshire Council | Format: TuneBook | Usually ships within 1-2 days
It is with teachers and children in mind that this edition of Robert Tannahill goes forward: hence the presentation with its increased choruses, appropriate words either Scotticised or phonetically written, simplified adaptations of the melodies for singing, inclusion of a full glossary and charming illustrations by the artist, Lorenzo Galantini. The book is, in many respects, a complementary adjunct to the CD series: The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill (Brechin All Records). Fred Freeman
Songs & Poems
- Rob Roryson’s Bannet
- The Five Freens
- When Johm and I were Marriet
- Bonny Winsome Mary
- O Are Ye Sleepin, Maggie?
- Hey Donald, How Donald
- Brave Lewie Roy
- Hieland Laddie
- Gloomy Winter
- The Braess O Balquhidder
- Yon Burn-Side
- On Seeing a Spider Dairt Oot Upo a Flie
- The Trifler’s Sabbath Day
The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill – Vol I Number one of a five album series in a ground-breaking project to record for the first time ever the entire works of this huge Scottish talent: a contemporary of Robert Burns, and Paisley’s most famous son. Produced by the legendary Dr. Fred Freeman, producer of The Complete Songs of Robert Burns. Featuring some of Scotland’s best singers and musicians. – Find out more.
The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill Vol II The eagerly awaited sequel in the unprecedented five-volume project to record all of Tannahill’s songs, produced by Dr. Fred Freeman and featuring a host of folk luminaries. The CD was launched at Celtic Connections 2010 with a concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. – Find out more.
The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill – Vol III The third and, arguably, the best yet in the unprecedented five-volume project to record all of Tannahill’s songs, produced by Dr. Fred Freeman and featuring a host of folk luminaries, with singers including Rod Paterson, Ian Anderson, Nick Keir, Fiona Hunter, Brian Ó hEadhra and Lucy Pringle. – Find out more.
ABOUT ROBERT TANNAHILL
Robert Tannahill (1774-1810) is truly one of Scotland’s greatest songwriters, and yet, despite being considered in the same league as Burns, he has been largely overlooked by history. In an effort to redress this injustice, Sandy Brechin teamed up with renowned producer Dr Fred Freeman, who had previously produced The Complete Songs of Robert Burns 12 volume series, many of which Sandy played accordion on. Together they undertook to do the same for Robert Tannahill, recording for the first time ever all of his songs, even though many of his works are missing or incomplete.
Probably Tannahill’s most famous song is The Braes O Balquidder, with its chorus of “Will ye go, lassie go?”, the basis of the well-known song Wild Mountain Thyme, which was used as the title of the first album in the series.
Born in Paisley, Tannahill worked as a weaver, while writing beautiful poems and songs about nature, love and topics of the time with which he sympathised, such as the abolition of slavery, and the plight of the Highlanders after the Jacobite rebellions and the Irish immigrants who flooded into Glasgow looking for work, both of whom were discriminated against.
In the same way that Burns, as well as being a poet, was also a musician (he played the fiddle), Tannahill himself played the flute and, like Burns, understood the importance of rhythm and melody in songwriting, and had a similar mastery of the craft.
Tragically, Tannahill committed suicide, partly due to publishers’ rejections, at the young age of 36. A hundred years later, in 1910, despite relative obscurity in his own lifetime, 15,000 people gathered to commemorate his death. Another 100 years later, the bicentennial of his death passed recently without much fanfare. Once again it seems he is being forgotten. Hopefully, this series will awaken consciousness anew in our nation, and possibly further afield, for this hero of our culture.