The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill Volume IV: Thou Bonnie Wood of Craigielea

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Fred and co have brought the Tannahill songs right back to life…as authentic and fresh as the day they were conceived…flavours of jazz, blues, swing, klezmer and the odd Russian folk tune: the end result being a very thoughtful, respectful an brilliantly executed collection of songs, with beautifully captured vocal performances. I’m sure Robert Tannahill would have it no other way. – Ali Hutton (Old Blind Dogs)

Very impressed with the musical arrangements, with the singing and the overall production of this album…all the songs and singers are perfectly matched…would strongly recommend this outstanding project to all music lovers. – Cathal McConnell (Boys of the Lough)

The fourth and penultimate volume in Dr Fred Freeman’s landmark recording series The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill reflects the breadth of influence that informed the Paisley weaver/poet’s compositions, including elements of Irish, Jewish and baroque music. As ever, these are married with Freeman’s fresh contemporary approach to arrangement and performance, as reflected in his top-drawer musical cast.

Singers include Fiona Hunter, Rod Paterson, Claire Hastings, Ross Kennedy, John Morran, Wendy Weatherby and Brian Ó hEadhra, accompanied by the über-classy instrumental line-up of Aaron Jones, Sandy Brechin, Angus Lyon, Marc Duff, Stewart Hardy, Frank McLaughlin and Adam Bulley.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. Thou Bonnie Wood O Craigielea 2.53
  2. Fickle Freenship An Caul Misfortune 2.23
  3. Return O Gallant Sons & Ma Days Hae Flow + Weep Not My Love 4.25
  4. Shelah, My Darling 2.25
  5. Unrequited Love & The Fareweel 3.19
  6. The Worn Sodger 2.31
  7. Companion of My Youthful Sports 3.10
  8. Killoch Burn & Ye Dear Romantic Shades 4.14
  9. The Wandering Bard 2.46
  10. Loudon’s Bonnie Woods and Braes 2.11
  11. From the Rude Bustling Camp 2.55
  12. Laddie, Can Ye Lea Me & O How Can Ye Gang Laddie? 2.53
  13. Awake My Harp 2.34
  14. Ye Wooer Lads 2.16
  15. Ma Ain Kind Dearie, O & Fair-Hair’D Nannie, O 3.32
  16. The Irish Farmer 2.41
  17. The Recruiting Service Drum 3.21
  18. Green Inismore 2.40
  19. Faithful Ellen More 3.13
  20. The Banks O Spey 2.46

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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.

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 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 was a musician (he played the fiddle) as well as a poet, 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.