Far, Far From Ypres
Songs, Poems & Music of World War I


  • Far, Far From Ypres: Songs, Poems & Music of World War I
    • 2009 - Greentrax CDTRAX 1418 CD (x2)
  • Disc One:
    1. Your King and Country Need You — Spoken Word - Iain Anderson
    2. Your King and Country Need You — Song - The Scottish Pals Singers
    3. Regimental Tunes — The Army School of Piping and Highland Drumming
    4. The Last Mile Home
    5. It's a Long Way To Tipperary
    6. Mademoiselle From Amenities
    7. Fred Akron's Army
    8. We're Here
    9. Living in a Trench
    10. Raining
    11. Minor Worries
    12. If The Sergeant Steals Your Rum
    13. Oh! It's a Lovely War
    14. Hush! Here Comes The Whizz-bang
    15. Bombed Last Night
    16. Gassed Last Night
    17. Fritz Boy
    18. Forward Joe Soap's Army
    19. Pack Up Your Troubles
    20. Whiter Than Whitewash
    21. Far, Far From Wipers I Long To Be Stephen Quigg (The McCalmans)
    22. Take Me Back to Dear Old Blight
    23. I'll Make a Man of You
    24. I Wore a Tunic
    25. Goodbye
    26. When this Bloody War is Over
    27. I Don't Want to be a Soldier
    28. I Want to go Home
    29. The Old Battalion
    30. The Bells of Hell
    31. It's a Long Way to Tipperary
    32. Keep The Home Fires Burning
    33. Sister Suzie Sewing Shirts For Soldiers
    34. The Only Girl in The World
    35. Roses of Peccary — All The Scottish Pals Singers
    36. Keep Right on to The End of The Road — Harry Lauder
    37. The Flowers of The Forest — Corporal Neil McNaughton
    38. The Last Post — John Samson
  • Disc Two:
    1. The Bloody Fields of Flanders Set — The Army School of Piping and Highland Drumming
    2. In Flanders Fields — Poem - Iain Anderson
    3. The Green Fields of France The Corries: from The Dawning of the Day (1982)
    4. Jimmy's Gone Tae Flanders — Jim Malcolm
    5. Black is The Sun — Stevie Palmer
    6. Mothers, Daughters, Wives The McCalmans: from Peace And Plenty (1986)
    7. Geordie McCrae — Robin Laing
    8. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda Eric Bogle: from Scraps of Paper (1983)
    9. In Memorium — Poem - Iain Anderson
    10. An Eala Bhan — Roddy MacLeod
    11. Halloween — Sheena Wellington and Karine Polwart
    12. Why Old Men Cry — Dick Gaughan
    13. As If He Knows — Eric Bogle: from The Colour of Dreams (2002)
    14. Jimmy Waddell / Battle of The Somme — Malinky
    15. Letters From Wilfred — Alan Bell
    16. Only Remembered — The McCalmans: from Coming Home (2009 )
    17. Cha Till MacCruemen — Poem - Iain Anderson, MacCrimmon's Lament — Heather Heywood & MacCrimmon's Sweeheart — Dougie Pincock


Double CD of songs from the time of, and relating to, World War I.

This album is a tribute to all the soldiers from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, and also their Commonwealth brothers in arms from all corners of the globe, who fought and suffered together in the Great War and, in particular, to all those who died.

The album has a more Scottish perspective than any of its predecessors, but when one considers that Scotland suffered the most soldiers killed (per head of population) of any nation that fought in the conflict, such an album is greatly overdue. It is also doubtful if the songs, poems and music of WW1 have ever before been covered in such depth.

CD1 consists of the soldiers' trench and marching songs, music hall favourites of the time, a Harry Lauder track, a pipe band track consisting of tunes associated with Scottish regiments, the poignant Flowers of The Forest and The Last Post.

CD2 comprises a pipe band track of tunes named after some of the major battles of WW1, songs written about WW1, or strongly connected with that war, by such songwriters as Judy Small, Alan Bell, Eric Bogle, Dick Gaughan, Jim Malcolm, and the late Davy Steele. Some of the writers perform their own songs on the album but there are also contributions from The Corries, The McCalmans, Malinky, Sheena Wellington and Karine Polwart, Stevie Palmer, Robin Laing and Gaelic singer Donny MacLeod. The BBC Radio Scotland presenter Iain Anderson reads three poems.

The pipers and drummers on both CDs are from The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming.

  • 'Far, Far From Ypres is a timely reminder of the futility of war but at the same time honouring and remembering the thousands of servicemen who have in the past suffered and indeed given their lives to both protect and preserve their country the world over'. — (James Soars)
  • 'One CD is devoted to contemporary material; the other mostly to post-war writing. The result is an impressive, entertaining and at times utterly chilling impression of the thoughts of those who were there, or who wanted young men to be there, and above all, of the way The Great War will not let people go. The line-up of participants, too, is impressive, from Iain Anderson to Sheena Wellington, from the staff of the Army School of Piping to Ian McCalman, and from Jim Malcolm to Harry Lauder himself, singing Keep Right On To The End Of The Road … it's a lot more than just an album … This is a stunning piece of folk history, of national pride and of emotion. Anyone who can listen unmoved to the troops' early merriment and naive high spirits turning into pain, sorrow and disillusionment must have a heart of stone.' — (Scots Magazine)
  • 'Beautiful songs … preserves a whiff of the spirit of those terrible times … ' — (The Scotsman)
  • 'Greentrax has successfully risen to the challenge … an album which is long overdue' — (East Lothian Life)
  • 'This is a masterpiece of a collection which is further enhanced by informative notes' — (Scottish Memories)