I Saw the Wild Geese Flee


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Jim Reid's 'Wild Geese' album, first issued in 1984, immediately established him as one of Scotland's finest singers. The Wild Geese: 'Far abin the Angus Straths I saw the Wild Geese Flee'

The album includes many of Jim's finest songs including his setting of Helen Cuickshamk's poem Shy Geordie as a song Up The Noran Water and his own ballad Vinney Den. The title song The Wild Geese/ The Norland Wind written as a poem by the Angus poet violet Jacob and set to music by Jim has now become a classic.

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Track List:
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1: The Wild Geese : 2.57
2: Lassie Wi the Yellow Coatie : 2.38
3: The Shearin's No For You : 3.41
4: Stobbie Parliament Picnic : 2.45
5: Upon The Moss o Burreldale : 1.15
6: Up The Noran Water : 2.15
7: Bogie's Bonnie Belle : 2.50
8: Flower of Northumberland : 2.46
9: The Foundry Bar : 2.53
10: Busk Busk Bonnie Lassie : 3.17
11: The Spark Among The Heather : 2.49
12: Rowan Tree : 3.01
13: Bogheid : 2.06
14: Vinney Den : 4.25
15: Rohallion : 2.33

Artistes: Jim Reid: vocals, guitar & mouthorgan; Bob Dewars: accordion;
Chae Geddes: fiddle and Sandy Beattie: double bass.
'Difficult to find anything that oozes so much quality. Highly recommended.' TAPLAS

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JIM REID - a man who many will consider as one of Scotland's finest folksingers - passed away on Monday 6th July 2009 after a long illness. His contribution to Scotland's singing tradition has been immense and, in 2005, he was voted Scots Singer of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards. At the first Blairgowrie Festival (in 1965) he met the traveller family, the Stewarts of Blair and became a lasting friend. He was one of the founders of the Traditional Music and Song Association's Keith Festival (in 1976) and was later given honorary membership of the TMSA. His love of the poetry of Tayside and Angus and, in particular, his inspired setting to music of poems by Violet Jacob and Helen Cruickshank have given us a lasting legacy. His setting of Violet Jacob's Wild Geese (or Norland Wind) has become a classic of the folk song repertoire.

The folk revival in Scotland sprang to life in the early 1960s and, when the first Dundee folk club was formed, Jim joined local group the Shifters, the name taken from the well-loved Jute Mill Song by Dundee poet Mary Brooksbank. He later joined the Taysiders, adding to his repertoire of Scots folksong and accompanying himself on guitar and concertina, along with traditional tunes on mouth organ and pipes. After working for G&P Barrie at their Dundee lemonade factory, Jim became production manager with Robb's of Arbroath. Robb Brothers' factory was near the now-famous Foundry Bar, the haunt of local musicians, where Jim soon became an accepted part of regular musical gatherings in the back room. It was at Jim's suggestion that some of the musicians from the regular sessions at Arbroath's Foundry Bar got together, entered and won the 1971 Ceilidh Band competition at the Kinross Festival - and so was born the hugely influential and highly enjoyable Foundry Bar Band who played at festivals, ceilidhs and dances for nearly another 30 years.

After a very successful debut album with the Foundry Bar Band, Jim went on to record his iconic solo album I Saw The Wild Geese Flee, firmly establishing him as one of the finest voices in the Scottish folk tradition. Jim leaves a considerable legacy of songs and music recorded with Springthyme, on his own Greylag label and with Greentrax. In 2004, he produced a book of his songs, tunes and anecdotes, The Better o a Sang, and most recently contributed to Linn Records' Complete Songs of Robert Burns.

Rob Adams in The Herald or ObitHerald
Peter Shepheard in The Scotsman
John Lusk in The Independant or ObitIndependant

Other Recordings:
1: The Foundry Bar Band - Foundry Bar Band (1981) (SPRCD 1007)
2: The Foundry Bar Band - On The Road (1983) (LP Classic Vinyl and Cassette only)
3: Coorse & Fine - Songs & Ballods of Dundee (1986) (LP Classic Vinyl & Cassette only - CD due shortly SPRCD 1017)
4: The Foundry Bar Band - Rolling Home (1988) (SPRCD 1026)
5: Jim Reid & John Huband - Freewheeling Now (1990) (SPRCD 1030)
6: Jim Reid - The Better o' a Sang (1996) (Greylag GLAGCD01)
7: Jim Reid - Emfae Dundee (2001)
8: Jim Reid - Ayont The Tay (2005)
9: Jim Reid Song Book - The Better o' a Sang (2004) (Taigh na Teud)

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