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Thursday, 7 December 2017

St Andrew's Day 2017

Point of Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland
(Photo: Simon Meeds)
Last Friday's session saw a satisfactory number of seven bums on seats for a St Andrew's Day theme. I had pointed out in publicity that St Andrew is patron saint of many places and things other than Scotland, including singers, but it was barely needed since I think there were only two songs clearly unrelated to Scotland, one very deliberately and the other was written by someone with what appears to be a Scottish name.

Colin was the MC and he called on Steve C to start us off; Steve sang Jock Stewart (Roud 975).

Since there were so many Scottish and Scottish-related songs, I will list them all:

There are two songs with this title (Roud 17771 and Roud 3085). While I haven't quite managed to work out which is which in terms of their history, they seem to have been collected in Lancashire and Ireland. The version Simon sings, from the singing of Sylvia Barnes, then of Scotch Measure, is definitely derived from 17771 and refers to Scottish locations (Anderston, an area of Glasgow).
While Ewan MacColl (originally James Henry Miller) grew up in Lancashire his parents were Scottish.
While McPeake was Irish, Tannahill was Scottish. In fact Tannahill himself may have collected and adapted the song The Braes o' Bowhether, so the history is rather complicated but definitely has Scottish roots.
Amanda McBroom is American, so this was the first song of the evening with no obvious Scottish connection.

The second non-Scottish song of the evening, Derek sang this because the news of the day suggested that some of the railway lines closed by Dr Beeching in the 1960s may reopen.
This Friday's session will have no theme, so make sure you're there to sing or listen to songs and tunes of any ilk as long as they're acoustic.

Here's a selection of songs sung during this session.

(Number of people present - 7, of whom 7 performed)

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