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Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'

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Subject: Index: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
From: Lighter
Date: 01 Apr 15 - 05:15 PM

In response to the various threads on "Mingulay Boat Song," I now have a copy of Roberton's book: "Songs of the Isles: A Collection of Island and Highland Tunes from Various Sources Set to English (or to Anglo-Scottish) Words and Arranged by Hugh S. Roberton" (London: J. Curwen, 1950).

The twenty songs are titled as follows. Roberton wrote the lyrics to all but the few I've indicated. I also give the acknowledged source of each tune and the USA copyright date.


The Fidgety Bairn - tune from Fr. John MacMillan, Barra, (crt. 1937).

Highland Cradle Song (O Hush Thee, my Baby) - traditional highland tune, words from Sir Walter Scott (crt. 1950).

Ho-Ree, Ho-Ro, My Little Wee Girl(A Tiree Love Song) - "Tune by Alexander Sinclair" (crt. 1947).

In Praise of Isla - Arrangement by Maurice Jacobson, lyrics translated from Gaelic by Thomas Pattison (crt. 1950 by Jacobson).

Island Spinning Song - tune from Donalda MacLeod (crt. 1938).

Air Falalalo - traditional Gaelic tune (crt. 1938).

Joy of My Heart - "Old Highland Air, Leannan mo ghaoil" (crt. 1934).

Lewis Bridal Song (Mairi's Wedding) - traditional tune from Dr. Peter MacLeod (crt. 1937).

Mingulay Boat Song - "Traditional Gaelic tune (probably 'Lochaber')" (crt. 1938).

Morag's Cradle Song - traditional Gaelic tune (crt. 1938).

Ossianic Processional - Gaelic tune from Duncan Morrison of Lewis, words adapted from Ossian (crt. 1939).

Iona Boat Song - traditional Hebridean air (crt. 1947).

Shuttle and Loom (Island Weaving Song) - Traditional Gaelic air" (crt. 1938).

Sing at the Wheel - traditional Gaelic tune (crt. 1938).

The Top of the Morning (Sheep-Shearing Song) - first part is a traditional Gaelic tune (crt.1939).

Uist Tramping Song ("Come Along") - "Tune by John R. Bannerman" (crt. 1937).

Westering Home - tune of chorus from Donald MacIsaac (crt. 1939).

Marie's Wedding - "Scottish Dance tunes," lyrics by J. S. McConochie (crt. 1940).

The Glenlyon Lament - "Gaelic air," "Words adapted from two Scottish ballads" (crt. 1939).

The Dashing White Sergeant - traditional (crt. 1948).

As for Mingulay, the words are those sung by Kenneth McKellar, given above, March 15, 3:03 p.m., except that Roberton wrote "Hill-you-ho."

Chorus, two stanzas.

"Songs of the Isles" is an attractive little book, designed frankly for children. Roberton writes that by singing these songs, they can "become one with" the people of the isles. A charmingly illustrated map clearly identifies the whereabouts of places mentioned - including Mingulay and the Minch.


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Subject: RE: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
From: Lighter
Date: 01 Apr 15 - 05:32 PM

The Roberton/McKellar words are on the recent thread "Mingulay Boat Song's Minch?"

And probably on other threads as well.


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Subject: RE: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Apr 15 - 06:22 PM

It surprised me to learn that the lyrics to "Mairi's Wedding" (Lewis Bridal Song) were written by Hugh Roberton and set to a traditional tune.

I wonder who controls the rights to these songs.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
From: Lighter
Date: 01 Apr 15 - 06:24 PM

Looks like J. Curwen in the UK and G.Schirmer in the US.


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Subject: RE: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
From: Jack Campin
Date: 01 Apr 15 - 06:39 PM

Mingulay Boat Song - "Traditional Gaelic tune (probably 'Lochaber')" (crt. 1938).

The tune may from Lochaber, but "Lochaber" (aka "Lochaber No more" it is not, though a sufficiently enthusiastic lumper might put them both in the same family.


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Subject: RE: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Apr 15 - 08:15 PM

Yeah, Jack, I was surprised Roberton didn't know more about the sources of his tunes. I thought this book was going to answer many questions - but it just brought up more.

Lighter, we checked Schirmer and found no listing, so maybe they let the copyright expire. Whatever the case, we have pursued a print license with "due diligence," and we're going to include the song without getting permission.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
From: Lighter
Date: 02 Apr 15 - 03:46 PM

Joe, the Library of Congress "Catalog of Copyright Entries" shows a U.S. copyright for "MBS" granted to "Hugh S. Roberton, Glasgow" on March 18, 1938. It was renewed by his son, Kenneth Bantock Roberton, on May 6, 1965.

So Roberton's heirs would be the people to consult.


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Subject: RE: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Apr 15 - 04:21 PM

It appears that Kenneth Bantow Roberton is deceased, and his papers are held by the University of Glasgow.

http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/manuSCRIPTs/search/results_n.cfm?NID=5079&RID=&Y1=&Y2=&M=001.

Anybody got an idea where to go from here?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Apr 15 - 05:03 PM

I am sure somewhere (maybe on Footstompin') I read that Mari's wedding was a mod song writing winner and the prize was presented by Princess Margaret.Possibly in the 50's and the Mari it was written for or sung it was only a wee lassie at the time.
I remember learning it at school but there again I also learned The Wee magic Stane and Pitenweem Jo at as well as Hugh Roberton songs


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Subject: RE: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
From: GUEST,#
Date: 02 Apr 15 - 06:11 PM

"Anybody got an idea where to go from here?"

Joe, is the copyright American?


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Subject: RE: Review: Roberton's 'Songs of the Isles'
From: Lighter
Date: 02 Apr 15 - 06:28 PM

Joe, the U. of Glasgow Library staff might be able to give you the whereabouts of Roberton's heirs, or at least of the law firm that handled his estate.


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