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Songs from Stirling

GUEST,Craig Muirhead 13 Oct 09 - 06:35 AM
Jack Campin 13 Oct 09 - 08:07 AM
Dave Hanson 13 Oct 09 - 08:30 AM
Diva 13 Oct 09 - 03:48 PM
Steve Gardham 13 Oct 09 - 04:34 PM
Ross Campbell 13 Oct 09 - 05:22 PM
Jack Campin 13 Oct 09 - 09:09 PM
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Subject: Songs from Stirling
From: GUEST,Craig Muirhead
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 06:35 AM

Hi there, I'm in third year on the Scottish music course at the RSAMD. I'm looking for a good project for this year, and as I'm from Stirling I'd like to study songs from Stirling. I just wondered if anyone had any they could share!

Cheers
Craig


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Subject: RE: Songs from Stirling
From: Jack Campin
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 08:07 AM

I think you may be on your own trying to locate and understand them. Nigel Gatherer's "Songs and Ballads of Dundee" took a LOT of work to put together, and my own "Embro, Embro" (on the music of Edinburgh) took even longer. Nobody's done any groundwork for you.

As a postgraduate thesis project this makes sense. As something to knock off in a month for an undergraduate presentation, it doesn't, even though web archives of broadsides and historical sources make it easier than when Nigel and I were at it.


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Subject: RE: Songs from Stirling
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 08:30 AM

The ballad ' Hughie The Graeme ' is centred on Stirling, you might also look in Scotts ' The Minstresly of the Scottish Border '

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Songs from Stirling
From: Diva
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 03:48 PM

Grahame being a guid border name!

Theres "Last Fareweel tae Stirling"


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Subject: RE: Songs from Stirling
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 04:34 PM

If you can find street literature printed by Randall of Stirling it might give you a start. He was operating around 1800 and printed a lot of traditional ballads. It would also be a good idea to see which battles took place around Stirling and find the associated ballads. Books on Jacobite ballads would also be useful.


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Subject: RE: Songs from Stirling
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 05:22 PM

Try putting "Stirling" in the search box above - produces fifteen songs from the Digitrad database, some of which I recognize as having Stirling connections. "The Trooper and the Maid" was the only one I immediately thought of. Archie Fisher did a version, so did the Corries and various others. I thought somebody might have asked this before. Various threads appear below the song-list from the "Stirling" search, you might pick up some more clues by trawling through the posts.

I used to live near Stirling and was always on the look-out for local material, but never found very much. The lack of songs seems a bit strange, considering the town was once regarded as the capital of Scotland.

Good luck!

Ross


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Subject: RE: Songs from Stirling
From: Jack Campin
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 09:09 PM

There are also all the songs relating to Bannockburn; "Allan Water"; "The Bob of Dunblane" if you consider that close enough.

There will be local topical songs in the local newspaper, back to the 19th century. Some of them will probably be interesting enough to be singable. It takes days of trawling to identify stuff like that and figure out what the jokes all mean.


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