Our very own Scottish ancestored Jonathan Klein was MC for a “Scottish Night” special and began with a song attributed to Robert Burns called “Braes of Killecrankie” followed by an instrumental based on the tune of the song. And very well played it was too.
Next up was a long standing member of the local folk community, Laura Sunderland. On her accordion she played excerpts from “The Road To Isles”, “Erisky Love Tilt”, “Baloo Balerie”, “Can Ye Sew Cushions”, Marie’s Wedding”, “Salmon Tails”, “Annie Laurie”, “Loch Lomond”, “Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon” and “The Skye Boat Song”. Steve West sang the only Scottish song he knows, a two hundred year old punk protest song called “Jacobites By Name”. Following Steve was a newcomer to the club, Tim Conway. He sang “Fisherman’s Wife” by Ewan MacColl and “The Hedgehog Song” by Mike Heron from the Incredible String Band.
Mike Cole, like Laura, is another well established local folkie. On his accordion he played Ewan MacColl’s “Shoals of Herring”, “Farewell To Tarwathie” based on a poem by George Scroggie, and “Scotland The Brave”. Then it was time for Quiddity to come to the stage for their first set. A four piece (guitar/fiddle/banjo/uke), they played and sang “Marie’s Wedding”, “Skye Boat Song”, “Tramps & Hawkers” by Jimmy Henderson, and Dougie MacLean’s “Caledonia”.
After the break and raffle, Jonathan sang “Valley of Strathmore” by Andy M Stewart and then introduced Bob Smith and Jim Anderson to the audience. Jim on his accordion and Bob on his mandolin played a number of traditional ballads, waltzes and reels including Strathspeys, which took us on a journey from Dundee to Glasgow and down the River Clyde to the Western Isles.
Dick Etherton is yet another legend of the local music scene. He had just the one song which he sang a-capella; “Erisky Love Tilt”. Tim Conway returned for one more song; “Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning” by Glasgow born Bert Jansch. Tony & Mary Parry also decided a-capella was the way to go! They sang “Rothsea-o” by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, a poem called “True Love” which features two drunken Scotsmen, then Tony recited “Lord Ullin’s Daughter” by Thomas Campbell.
Finally, Quiddity returned for their second set. They revisited “Jacobites By Name”, sang “The Mingulay Boat Song”, “Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa” by Robert Tannahill, “Rolling Hills O’ The Borders” by Matt McGinn and “Such A Parcel of Rogues” another attributed to Robert Burns.
A great night celebrating all things Scottish. I won a small bottle of whisky in the raffle so all’s well with the world! Next time, 6th December. Open Floor with, hopefully, a few Christmas songs!