Two Gentlemen of the Road
CAT # 82161-1793-2
DISC ONE 1. The Merchant's Son 3:26 2. Cowpin the Dishes (interview) 4:25 4. It Wis Aa Beggin That We Did (Interview) 5. Kindness From A Policeman (Interview) 3:10 6. Grat For Gruel 2:29 7. How To Build A Bender (Interview) 6:08 8. Chantin, Griddlin, And Laldyin (Interview) 8:35 9. The Day We Went To Rothesay-Oh 3:24 10. Playing For An All-Night Hooley (Interview) 6:09 11. March, Strathspey and Reel 1:32 12. Were You Always Alone? (Interview) 3:50 13. The Forfar Sodger 2:41 14. They Put A Different Turns In Their Tunes / Diddling (Interview) 2:32 15. Outside, On The Safe Side (Interview) 1:39 16. The Ox And The Fox Dug A Hole For Me (Story) 2:59 17. It's A Long Drow At The End (Interview) 2:20 18. Old Bodies, Five Or Six Pounds Each (Berker Story) 3:09 19. Did They Kill Children As Well? (Berker Story, Continued) 10:09 DISC TWO 1. My Darling Ploughman Boy 1:54 2. From the Top of the Deck (interview) 3:18 3. Hey Barra Gadgie 1:16 4. He Used To Diddle A Lot O Songs (Interview) 2:22 5. We Are Called The Buchan Stewarts (Interview) 4:43 6. Dark-Eyed Lover 2:34 7. It Wis A Slave Drivery (Interview) 2:46 8. The Barnyards Of Delgaty 2:51 9. Singin Along At Their Plough (Interview) 5:37 10. The Laird O Dainty Doonby 3:08 11. The Horseman's Grip And Word (Ritual Initiation Story) 5:10 12. It Wis Torn, Rippit, Tattered (Song Fragment And Interview) 3:04 13. The Trooper And The Maid 3:32 14. The Story Lives Forever (A Story Of Fairy Abduction) 19:24
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Jimmy MacBeath and Davie Stewart These two discs of personal history, traditional stories, and ballads offer fascinating insights into the lives and music of two singer-storytellers from Northeast Scotland. Jimmy MacBeath's warm and husky voice made him one of Scotland's most beloved traditional singers. His friend and occasional traveling partner Davie Stewart was less well known but his dramatic delivery and idiosyncratic accordion accompaniments impressed all who heard him. The first disc describes the traveling life on the roads of Britain, Ireland, and further afield and includes a chilling story of murder by 'berkers' (body snatchers). The second disc focuses on families and work and includes a description of secret horse tamer rites and a tale of a piper's abduction by fairies.
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