The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill Volume II: Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa

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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.

Singers include Steve Byrne, Fred Freeman, Nick Keir, Jim Malcolm, Marieke McBean, Brian Ó hEadhra, Lucy Pringle, Emily Smith

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TRACK LISTING

  1. My Mary 3:14
  2. Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa 4:32
  3. One Night in my Youth 2:58
  4. Brave Lewie Roy 4:51
  5. The Soldier’s Adieu 3:03
  6. While the Grey Pinioned Lark 3:25
  7. Fragment of a Scottish Ballad 3:45
  8. Bonnie Winsome Mary 2:49
  9. Come Hame Tae Yer Lingels 3:29
  10. Oor Bonnie Scots Lads 2:06
  11. Hey Donald, How Donald 1:51
  12. The Lomond 3:12
  13. Peggy O’Rafferty 2:49
  14. Mine Ain Dear Somebody 1:47
  15. O Lassie Will Ye Tak a Man? 1:58
  16. Kitty Tyrell 3:57
  17. O Sair I Rue the Witless Wish 2:59
  18. Noo Winter Wi His Cloody Broo 3:57
  19. Poem: On Seeing a Spider 0:41
  20. The Soldier’s Widow 3:30
  21. Bonnie Hielan Laddie 3:14

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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.