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Traditional Music and Folk Song of Scotland

Scotland's Living Tradition in Song and Music

The Springthyme label was set up in 1974 and since then we have recorded and released numerous albums of Scottish traditional music and song - on LP, cassette and CD.

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New Stock: The magnificent traditional singer Jock Duncan (1025-2021) is remembered in a new book Jock Duncan - The Man and his Songs compiled and edited by Peter Shepheard. The book was launched on 17 March at a concert at the Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen. The book and a new double CD of his songs Jock Duncan - Aikey Brae to Ythanside are available from the links below.


Jock Duncan CD

Jock Duncan - Aikey Brae to Ythanside

Buy Double CD: £16.00
sprcd 1045/1046 - March 2024
An extensive archive of Jock's recordings including many never before released. All the songs are also in the new book Jock Duncan - The Man and his Songs.
Tom Hughes CD

Tom Hughes - Traditional Fiddle Music of the Scottish Borders

Buy CD: £11.99
sprcd 1044 - July 2015 - Fiddles with guitar and whistle, fiddle duets and solo fiddle. Interesting old Border fiddle style and repertoire.
Tom Hughes CD

Jim Reid - I Saw the Wild Geese Flee

Buy CD: £11.99

sprcd 1015 - Jim Reid's 'Wild Geese' album, first issued in 1984, established him as one of Scotland's finest singers. In 2005 he was voted Scots Singer of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Tom Hughes CD

Sprangeen - Sprangeen

Buy CD: £11.99

sprcd 1013 - An elegant collection of jigs, reels, traditional folk songs played on fiddles, metal and gut strung Celtic harps, concertinas, flute, whistle and double bass.

Gordon Easton CD

Gordon Easton - The Last of the Clydesdales

Buy CD: £11.99

ah05 - From the Blackhills of Tyrie near Fraserburgh, Gordon's family had crofted for generations. He learned many of his old songs from his mother and grandmother and, at the age of 84, he recorded this his first CD.

Over The High Hills CD

Shepheard, Spiers & Watson - Over The High Hills

Buy CD: £11.99

sprcd 1043 - Three individuals with a long experience of traditional song bring together a wealth of repertoire accompanied on melodeon, fiddle and whistle - songs gleaned directly from the many traditional singers they have known.

CD: There's Bound To Be A Row

Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 6 - There's Bound To Be A Row

Buy CD: £11.99

ah08 - Recorded in May 2009 at the Fife Traditional Singing Festival: Bob Lewis from Sussex. Singer and fiddle player Jo Miller from Stirling. Local singers Chris Miles from Kirkcaldy and Jimmy Hutchison originally from Skye and now living in Newburgh. The great northeast ballad singer Jock Duncan from Pitlochry. Henry Douglas from Hawick - renowned for his repertoire of border common riding songs and Jim Taylor from Aberdeenshire.

Rolling Home CD

The Foundry Bar Band - Rolling Home

Buy CD: £11.99

sprcd 1026 - The unique and unmistakable sound of the Foundry Bar Band has been an important part of the Scottish Music scene for several decades. Rolling Home was their third album recorded after returning home to Arbroath from a summer tour to Orkney.

Jane Turriff CD

Jane Turriff - Singing Is Ma Life

Buy CD: £11.99

sprcd 1038 - Jane Turriff was one of Scotland's legendary traditional singers first recorded by Hamish Henderson in 1955 for the School of Scottish studies. This album was compiled from recordings made over several decades at festivals, folk clubs and in Jane's own house in Mintlaw. Jane gained a reputation for her passionate ballad style, coupled with a powerful and beautifully controlled voice..

Shores of the Forth CD

John Watt & Davey Stewart - Shores of the Forth

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sprcd 1002 - Fife's Got Everything according to the song by John and Davey. A slightly exaggerated claim perhaps, but the two Fifers from Dunfermline and St Andrews respectively go a long way to prove it. Comedy songs, serious songs and recitations paint both a contemporary and past picture of this beautiful part of Scotland.

They Smiled as we Cam In CD

Shepheard, Spiers & Watson - They Smiled As We Cam In

Buy CD: £11.99

sprcd 1042 - Simple, powerful and effective fiddle, whistle and melodeon underscore three big voices as Pete, Tom and Arthur revel in a colourful, broad sweep of traditional Scots and English song learned in many cases direct from the traditional singers they have known in the last decades.

Freewheeling Now CD

Jim Reid & John Huband - Freewheeling Now

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sprcd 1030 - Jim Reid's first solo album I Saw the Wild Geese Flee established him as one of the country's finest interpreters of Scottish song and the title song The Wild Geese/ Norland Wind has become classic of the repertoire. For this, his second song album, Jim teamed up with John Huband, the well-known Dundee accordionist and band leader.

CD: For Friendship & Harmony

Old Songs & Bothy Ballads - For Friendship and For Harmony

Buy CD: £11.99

ah03 - A second volume of songs from the annual gathering - the Fife Traditional Singing Festival of 2005. Singers include Joe Aitken from Kirriemuir, Norman Kennedy now living in Vermont but originally from Aberdeen, Sheila Stewart from Blairgowrie, Louis Killen from Gateshead, Stanley Robertson from Aberdeen and Elizabeth Stewart from Mintlaw.

Aly Bain CD

Aly Bain & Young Champions

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sprcd 1032 - Aly Bain's brilliant fiddle playing has won him wide acclaim and brought new audiences to traditional music - on tour with Scotland's Young Champions - recorded live during a week long tour from Arbroath to Glasgow, Strathdon to Thurso.

CD: Hurrah Boys Hurrah

Old Songs & Bothy Ballads - Hurrah Boys Hurrah

Buy CD: £11.99

ah10 - Another great collection recorded at the Fife Traditional Singing Festival with songs from Jeff Warner from New Hampshire - a singer with an extensive repertoire of old songs from the New England states, Phyllis Martin from Dalbeattie, Geordie Murison from Stonehaven, Sheila Stewart from Blairgowrie, Jill Pidd from Yorkshire, Terry Conway from Allandale, Joe Aitken from Kirriemuir, Jimmy Hutchison from Newburgh, Pete Shepheard from nearby Balmalcolm and Danny Couper from Aberdeen.

Iain McLachlan CD

Iain McLachlan - An Island Heritage

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sprcd 1022 - Iain McLachlan's music comes as fresh as the sea breezes wafting over the Uist machair - Highland and Gaelic as his island heritage. Iain McLachlan accordion, melodeon, fiddle, Calum Iain McCorquodale fiddle and Calum Campbell pipe chanter/ goose and jews harp.

Jock Duncan CD

Jock Duncan - Ye Shine Whar Ye Stan!

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sprcd 1039 - Jock Duncan is one of Scotland's great traditional singers - a magnificent style and a unique repertoire of old songs and bothy ballads of the north east. Joined by a supporting band of musicians and sigers

CD: The Little Ball of Yarn

Old Songs and Bothy Ballads 8 - The Little Ball of Yarn

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ah11 - Another great collection of singers: Len Graham from Newry, Emily Portman, a young singer now based in the North East of England, the legendary Brian Dawson from Lincolnshire, John Valentine from Cove Bay near Aberdeen, Elizabeth Stewart from Mintlaw, Jimmy Hutchison, originally from Skye and now living in Newburgh and Pete Shepheard from Fife.

Foundry Bar Band CD

The Foundry Bar Band - Foundry Bar Band

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sprcd 1007 - Few bands, professional or otherwise, can so well convey the essential lilt of Scottish music with such enjoyment and enthusiasm. This, their first album, was issued in 1981 and it has been a top selling album ever since. Ten musicians led by Jim Reid.

Leda Trio CD

The Leda Trio - Airs For The Seasons

Buy CD: £11.99

sprcd 1036 - Scottish music of the 1700s. Rare, interesting and beautiful music from 18th century Scotland - music that would have been an important part of social life in Edinburgh at the time. Music of David Foulis and James Oswald performed by Peter Campbell-Kelly violin, Katherine Thomson harpsichord and Kevin McCrae cello.

Savourna Stevenson CD

Savourna Stevenson - Tickled Pink

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sprcd 1016 - Savourna Stevenson has long been regarded as one of the leading exponents of the Scottish small harp or clarsach. Originally released as an LP in 1985 the CD includes a remastered extended 6 minute version of Savourna's magnificent version of The Trip We Took Over the Mountains played as a duet with Aly Bain on fiddle and Frank Usher guitar..

Bill Black CD

Bill Black - The Dawning

sprcd - 1037 Scottish dance music played with a rich style and a solid enthusiasm that has ensured the popularity of Bill and the band at ceilidhs and dances for over 30 years. Based in Perthshire, this is Bill's fourth album on Springthyme.

Ossian CD

Ossian - Ossian

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sprcd 1004 - Ossian, named after the legendary 3rd century Celtic Bard and folk hero, was formed in 1976, and this was their first album of Scottish/Celtic music - released in 1997 on CD. William Jackson: Celtic Harp, Uillean Pipes, Whistle, Vocals; John Martin: Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello, Vocals; George Jackson: Fiddle, Mandolin, Flute, Whistle, Guitar, Vocals and Billy Ross: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Whistle, Dulcimer.

Kath Campbell CD

Katherine Campbell - Scots Songs and Ballads

Buy CD: £11.99

sprcd 1041 - Ballads and songs from the unique family repertoire of sisters Amelia and Jane Harris who inherited a wealth of ballads and songs from a Perthshire family tradition dating back to the mid 1700s. Katherine Campbell: vocals; Mairi Campbell: fiddle; Tony McManus: guitar; Peter Shepheard: melodeons; Gary West: small pipes.

Michael Philip CD

The Michael Philip Ceildh Band - At the Riverside

Buy CD: £11.99

sprcd 1035 - Live recordings from the famous Riverside Club in Glasgow ?�� centre of Glasgow's ceilidh dance revival. The Michael Philip Ceilidh Band are: Michael Philip from Cardenden on accordion, Robert Ross from Kincardine on accordion, Suzanne Gray from Alloa on string bass, Paul Clancy from Dundee on keyboards and Gordon Robertson from Larbert on drums.

CD: Nick Knack On The Waa

Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 4 - Nick Knack on the Waa

Buy CD: £11.99

ah06 - Recorded at the Fife Traditional Singing Weekend of 2007. Singers include Gordeanna McCullough from Glasgow, Elizabeth Stewart from Mintlaw, many of whose songs came to her from her traveller family the Fetterangus Stewarts, Gordon Easton singer, fiddle player and raconteur from Tyrie in Aberdeenshire, Alex Clarke from Dundee, Duncan Williamson of Ladybank, Jock Duncan from Pitlochry, Pete Coe and Hector Riddell.

CD: Here's a Health to the Company

Old Songs & Bothy Ballads - Here's a Health to the Company

Buy CD: £11.99

ah02 - The first CD collection of songs from the Fife Traditional Singing Festival - recorded during the first and second festivals weekends of 2003 & 2004. Singers include Gordon Easton from Tyrie, Aberdeenshire, Roisin White from Armagh, Duncan Williamson from Ladybank, Sheila Stewart from Blairgowrie, Jock Duncan from Pitlochry, Elizabeth Stewart from Mintlaw, Alison McMorland from Dunblane and Jim Taylor from Skene, Aberdeenshire.

CD: Grand To Be A Working Man

Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 5 - Grand to be a Working Man

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ah07 - The fifth collection of Old Songs and Bothy Ballads recorded at the Fife Traditional Singing Festival - (May 2008). Singers including Shona Donaldson a fine young singer from Huntly, Ellen Mitchell from Glasgow, Brian Watson from Prudhoe in Northumberland, Sara Grey originally from the USA and now living in Perth, Yorkshire based Chris Coe, Alex Clarke from Dundee and Jock Duncan from Pitlochry.

Billy Ross CD

Billy Ross & John Martin - Braes of Lochiel

sprcd 1029 - This album brings together two original members of Ossian - Billy Ross and John Martin. John was also a member of the innovative Edinburgh based band Easy Club and he now tours regularly as a member of the Tannahill Weavers.

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Books for the Library

We have made available a small selection of books on traditional song and music. Click here for Books for the Library

Tom Hughes Traditional Music of the Scottish Borders

Traditional Fiddle Music of the Scottish Borders
An outstanding collection of traditional fidd le music from the playing of Tom Hughes of Jedburgh.

Book launch at the Scots Fiddle Festival 2015 on 21 November 2015 with music from Jimmy Nagle and the Border Fiddlers.

Bronson - Traditional Tunes

Bertrand H Bronson's
essential ballad collection:
The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads
Four volume set with 2,200 pages of tunes and ballad texts.

Child's English and Scottish Popular Ballads

Francis James Child's classic collection:
The English & Scottish Popular Ballads
An excellent new edition.

Vinyl LPs:

We still have some Vinyl LP. We do not repress these any more but we have some excellent mint vinyl stock left for the enthusiasts out there! Click here for More Vinyl LPs
Here are a few classics:

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Jim Reid's classic album
I Saw The Wild Geese Flee
Includes the song: The Norland Wind/ The Wild Geese


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Scots Songs & Music
Live from Kinross Festival
A historic album of songs and music recorded at the 1973 Kinross Festival.


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The Foundry Bar Band
Foundry Bar Band
The first album from this famous band from Arbroath - including Jim Reid's song Auchmithie


Songs from the Archives

In a joint venture with Musical Traditions label we have assisted in the release of some archive recordings of traditional singers. Click here for Songs from the Archives

The Brazil Family

Daisy Chapman: Ythanside
Live recordings of songs and ballads from a great but rarely heard Aberdeen singer.


The Brazil Family

The Brazil Family: Down by the Old Riverside
The song traditions of a romany gypsy family.


The Brazil Family

Lizzie Higgins: In Memory Of
Gems of traditional singing - an important part of the Scotland's heritage.


Autumn Harvest

A group of traditional song enthusiasts started the annual Fife Traditional Singing Festival in 2003. The events were recorded in a series of CDs featuring the finest of traditional singers. Click here for Songs from FifeSing

Lizzie Higgins

Old Songs and Bothy Ballads
Gems of traditional singing - an important part of the Scotland's heritage.


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