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The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill vol 1 (album)

A weaver by trade and song-writer and poet by calling, Robert Tannahill of Paisley was born 3rd June 1774 and died 17th May 1810. Over 100 songs, of a quality that compares with Robert Burns, constitute his great legacy.

It was with this in mind that Dr Fred Freeman, producer & musical director decided to record for posterity:"The complete songs of Robert Tannahill" in 5 volumes, in conjunction with Brechin All Records.

This is contemporary Scottish folk music, wholly modern arrangements, featuring outstanding musicians from every major folk group in the country. Here are upbeat songs set to traditional jigs, strathspeys & reels along with pastoral love songs that will sit happily alongside the Burns canon.

Volume 1 brings together some of the better known Tannahill songs.


Accordion, Cello, Double bass, Drum, Fiddle, Guitar, Harp, Mandolin, Piano, Scots song, Whistle
Steve Byrne, Fred Freeman, Nick Keir, Jim Malcolm, Marieke McBean, Brian O hEadhra, Lucy Pringle, Emily Smith
Tune Types:
Air, Dance tunes, Hornpipe, March, Reel, Strathspey, Waltz
June 2006
Ceilidh, Christmas, Hogmanay
ca. 55 mins, 0 secs

Table of contents

  • The Braes o Balquhidder
  • Jessie The Flower o Dunblane
  • O are you sleeping Maggie
  • Yon Burnside
  • Och hey! Johnny Lad
  • I'll hie me to the Shieling-hill,
  • Coggie though heels me
  • The Dear Highland Laddie
  • O, When John and I were married
  • Rab Roryson's Bonnet
  • The Five Friends
  • Hey Donald! How Donald!
  • Meg o the Glen
  • The Lassie o Merry Eighteen
  • I'll lay me on the wintry lea
  • With waefu Heart.
  • SINGERS: Steve Byrne (Malinky), John Croall (Jock Tamson's Bairns), Wendy Weatherby, Gillian Mcdonald, Ross Kennedy (ex Tannahill Weavers), Ian Anderson (Fiddler's Leap), Jim Reid (Winner Scots Singer of the Year' 2005, Scots Trad Music Awards), Emily Smith (Winner BBC Scotland's Young Scottish Trad Musician of the Year 2002)
  • PLAYERS: Marc Duff (ex Capercaillie), Sandy Brechin (Burach, ex-Seelyhoo), Rod Paul (Iron Horse), Aaron Jones (Old Blind Dogs, ex-Seelyhoo), Anna Massie & Mike Vass (both recipients of young trad. musician awards) and others of note.