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Flower of Scottish Folk
on 10 March 2010
This is a definitive collection of Scottish folk classics. There are three main types of song here: traditional folk, humorous songs and Jacobite anthems. There are both original songs and classic interpretations. Interestingly, Roy Williamson wrote the unofficial Scottish national anthem featured here, Flower of Scotland. He will undoubtedly live forever thanks to that.
Other highlights include Turn Ye Tae Me, a traditional adaptation from the Gaelic written by John Wilson (1785-1854). It is an absolutely beautiful and haunting love song played with such pure depth of feeling here. There is certainly something classic about it.
My personal favourite is Dark Lochnagar. The melody is a very uplifting and toe-tapping one. The best thing about this song are the fantastic lyrics, adapted from the original of Lord Byron. They evoke a wonderful, nostalgic and epic image of the highlands where he spent his early years. There also seems to be an extra stanza tacked on the end, I presume written by the Corries, espousing Jacobite sympathies, not necessary, but not entirely out of place.
There are several Jacobite anthems on this album. Although I probably would've found myself on the opposite lines from Bonnie Prince Charlie, they evoke the same kind of timeless Romantic feelings as a novel of Scott. As far as the Jacobite songs go, and as much as the finest of human sentiments are celebrated in them, it's worth remembering a line from another of the Corries' anthems, Scotland Will Flourish:
Forget the old battles,
Those days are over.
And friendship refines.