The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill Volume I: The Braes o Balquhidder

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The arrangements are superb, seeming perfectly natural frames for the words. The singers are superb. – Sing Out!

Your Tannahill CD collection have answered the question about what to take on the desert isle. – Caven Clark, Arkansas, USA

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.

Singers: Ian Anderson, John Croall, Fred Freeman, Ross Kennedy, Gillian McDonald, John Morran, Jim Reid, Emily Smith, Wendy Weatherby.

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TRACK LISTING

  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. 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)

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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.