On Springthyme SPRCD 1043
Tom Spiers: This song was collected from Jessie MacDonald of Macduff in 1966 by Peter Hall. Jessie was a traveller, born in the mid 1870s and learned most of her songs before 1900. Her version didn’t have the chorus – that’s an addition we made recently - it just happened when we were singing it at a practice - yes, we do sometimes practice! The song was obtained by Gavin Greig in 1908 from Sam Davidson, a farm servant, who had the text in his manuscript book of songs - with the location as Urie rather than Ugie. Versions have also been collected in England, Ireland and in Newfoundland with variation in names and places (Greig Duncan 1:80, Roud 920).
Tom (lead vocal and fiddle) with Pete (melodeon and vocal) and Arthur (whistle and vocal)
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