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Thread #26070 Message #3711924
Posted By: CupOfTea
26-May-15 - 12:49 PM
Thread Name: Scottish Emigrant Songs
Subject: RE: Scottish Emigrant Songs
Ed Miller, the Scotsman who has lived in Austin,+ Texas for quite a few years wrote his Emigrant song: AT HOME WITH THE EXILES. ( sung by Ed Miller on "Generations of Change" 2004) Mudcat thread on the song
He's also covered classics like "Caledonia" and some from the Irish experience like "City of Chicago." He's taken some lyric liberties with Tommy Sand's "When the Boys Come Rolling Home" to give a Scottish theme to the song of nostalgia for home. He has a deft hand for transformations. I was very taken with his "Rivers and Reivers" where he takes the classic "Rivers of Texas" - frequently re-written with rivers of other states - and intersperses the original verses with verses about the Scottish rivers, and changing the plot a wee bit. ("There's many a river in the Scots borderland').
There's a flavor in the body of his work of a strong Scottish identity while living in Texas & all are well worth a listen. Plenty of humor, too - his "At the Games" poking fun at Highland Games cliches & some rare Adam McNaughtan.
Joanne in Cleveland (who is frustrated that she's not got the "Scottish speech impairment" that Jean Redpath said you need for quite a few Scottish songs)