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Lyr Req: Bonny Susie Cleland


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Moira Cameron, 06 Apr 97 - 01:18 AM
Anne Cormack 06 Apr 97 - 03:40 AM
Susan of DT 06 Apr 97 - 10:15 PM
LaMarca 07 Apr 97 - 02:40 PM
Ian 18 Apr 97 - 08:01 PM
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Subject: Bonny Susie Cleland
From: Moira Cameron,
Date: 06 Apr 97 - 01:18 AM

I know this song is in the DT, but I am looking for another version of the song. Does anyone else know any different lyrics? I have Lisa Null's rendition of it, but I am also interested in another tune. Any suggestions of other recordings?

Much appreciated.

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Subject: RE: Bonny Susie Cleland
From: Anne Cormack
Date: 06 Apr 97 - 03:40 AM

Moira, I have a version by Cilla Fisher somewhere, I'll have a look for it.



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Subject: RE: Bonny Susie Cleland
From: Susan of DT
Date: 06 Apr 97 - 10:15 PM

Jean Redpath, Father Adam on Philo has a different tune from Lisa Null's.

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Subject: RE: Bonny Susie Cleland
From: LaMarca
Date: 07 Apr 97 - 02:40 PM

If you don't object to the marriage of trad. folk with rock& roll, there's a really great version done by June Tabor and The Oyster Band on a Ryko CD. They twist the traditional tune and verses JUST a bit, so that the refrain line goes

"Bonnie Susie Clelland's to be MARRIED in Dundee"

until she tells her little foot page to tell her lover she's going to be burned at the stake - then the refrain changes to:

"Bonnie Susie Clelland's to be BURIED in Dundee."

A group of us known as The Yorkist Ballad Charade Society did a silent theater performance of the ballad at Pinewoods Folk Music Week one year, with David Jones playing the part of the noble English lover who arrives too late. He gingerly lifted the charcoal covered shroud over his lady-love, gave a delicate shudder, pantomimed "Yeeccchh" and promptly departed...

Chris Foster also did a superb recording of the original version of the ballad, Lady Maisrie, on his Topic record "Layers". It's much longer, and quite a bit more graphic than Bonnie Susie Clelland.

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Subject: RE: Bonny Susie Cleland
From: Ian
Date: 18 Apr 97 - 08:01 PM

You might also look for the version of 'Bonnie Susie' as done by Betsy Smith of Wench Work. She has written a different ending in which the suitor arrives just in the nick of time, saves Susie & they ride off together to be 'Married in Dundee'.

Slainte! - Ian

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