Had the great fortune of meeting John Eaglesham for the first time at the Girvan Folk Festival on 30 April 2006, and hearing him perform a number of his own songs. Every one full of wonderful observations and wry comments on matters all listeners could immediately relate to. There was so much material that I could only afterwards remember snatches of these hilarous songs which range from experienced on the West Highland way (Inver-O-O-Ran), to "Nookie when your 90".
Further discussions led to names like Sean Tierney (Milngavie Song & , John Murphy (I get a kick out of Rhu), David Clark (The Wilds of Croftamie) and many others.
Many of these songs cannot be found in shops or books, and only exist through the tradition of the oral tradition of clubs and pubs.
I would like to start recording for posterity, (words and music if possible) the wonderful talent and give due credit to these great song writers from the West of Scotland.
Please, anyone, add songs or song fragments you know which comment on life in The West of Scotland, today or yesterday. Lyrics and authors if possible, though I am certain that if lyrics are put down here, someone will be able to fill in the gaps.
For Starters, I will post a great song about a fight on a Glasgow Bus, and Sean Tierney's wonderful poke at the upwarly mobile toffs who bettered themselves by moving to the suburbs.