This album is a collection of some of our favourite songs, songs which all three of us have grown up with over the years. We have chosen them, not because they are necessarily Scottish (although most of them are) but because, like all good songs they have stood the test of time. Here then are fourteen songs which must surely come under the heading 'Those so dearly held'.
Our thanks first and foremost to Jim Arbuthnott for his support and encouragement — to Margaret, her staff and our friends in the White Cockade, Edinburgh — and to all our friends in the Grassinarket and Princes Street hostelries of the City; To engineers Colin and Roy, for their patience and sharp scissors; to Rolf in Australia for the Lagerphone, 'Good on you Sport'! to Commer for the van and Audrey for the Sweaters.
The Gallawa' Hills — One's native hills and dales are always inspiration for song.
Carrick Fergus — The dying exile dreaming of home has a heavy heart no matter what his nationality. This exile happens to be Irish.
Scots Wha Ha'e — If Scotland were to become a self-governing nation again then this song would doubtless become her national anthem.
The Bonnie Lass O' Fyvie — The early demise of yet another soldier with a regiment on the move falling in love with a lassie determined to stay at home
The Mermaid — An internationally known song of legend and superstition at sea.
Wild Mountain Thyme — One of the best known of all popular folk songs and a favourite with our overseas visitors.
The Roses of Prince Charlie — The White Rose of Prince Charlie was the rallying symbol of the Jacobean cause.
Johnny I Hardly Knew You — The wounded soldier returns home.... A shadow of his former self.
(The Band Played) Waltzing Matilda — Written by a Scot - This is a tribute to the Australians and New Zealanders killed and wounded in one of the most disastrous campaigns of the First World War.
Johnny Cope — The Scots won this little skirmish in the record time of 5 minutes in 1745 at Prestonpans by a combination of good manouvering on the part of the Scots and incompetence on the part of the above gentleman.
As I Walked Out — An Irish 'Night Visiting Song'. in which the unexpected visitor is the young lady's mother.
High Germany — The tragedy of soldiers lost lives and the sorrow of loved ones left at home.
The Bold O' Donahue — Mr O' Donahue had an eye for the ladies and more than a touch of the 'Blarney'.
Donegal Danny — A man of the sea becomes a man of the road and this is his story.