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Subject: Culloden's Harvest
From: GMT
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 03:41 AM

Hi all.

The song Culloden's Harvest in the archive doesn't credit an author, but I have seen Alastair MacDonald given as the writer when I've searched elsewhere.

I know that AN Alastair MacDonald was head of the MacDonald clan at Glen Coe and is contemporary with the battle but is this the man credited with the song ?>br>
I know you lot will tell me there is another A MacDonald who if I were better read would know about.

Prime aim really; is the song copyright or PD

Cheers Gary


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Subject: RE: Help: Culloden's Harvest
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 08:26 AM

It's a modern song (a contemporary account would have a very different style both of words and melody), made by Alastair MacDonald, who has recorded it himself.  (Velvet and Steel, Greentrax CDTRA XD78).  Very much still in copyright!

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Help: Culloden's Harvest
From: JedMarum
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 09:14 AM

it is a wonderful song. A lovely melody with some surprising turns, and powerful lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Help: Culloden's Harvest
From: GMT
Date: 05 Feb 01 - 09:42 AM

Malcolm, thanks I assumed as much. If this is the quality of MacDonalds writing I'll have to search him out. I must admit I didn't know of him. But interesting coincidence of names.

Yes Jed superb melody and strong lyrics.

Thanks folks for your input, appreciated.

cheers Gary


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Subject: RE: Help: Culloden's Harvest
From: GUEST,Alastair McDonald
Date: 06 Oct 05 - 06:38 AM

Thanks to Malcolm Douglas for keeping folks up to speed on my song. It`s appearing quite erroneously on some websites as "Traditional 19th Century..." & where people find the confidence to put such spurious non-information into the public gaze, beats me.

Thanks to all who endeavour to correct this.

Alastair
Corban Recordings
PO BOX 2 Glasgow G44 3LB
Scotland
alastair@corbanrecordings.com


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Subject: RE: Help: Culloden's Harvest
From: GUEST,Tam
Date: 06 Oct 05 - 06:35 PM

This is a much better song also recorded by Alastair McDonald about 20 years before he wrote his own song.



CULLODEN or DRUMMOSIE MOOR
Words Jim McLean 1963
Tune: Wae's me for Prince Chairlie (A wee bird cam tae oor ha' door.)
Pub. Duart Music London

I wrote this song, not as a romantic ballad in praise of Charles Edward Stewart, but to show how his arrogance and the incompetence of his generals, coupled with the fierce pride of his Chieftains, notably the MacDonalds, led to a terrible slaughter and was the beginning of the end of the Highland way of life.

The hail o' Scotland's wearing black,
A' dressed up for the soddin,                                 (burial)
Prince Chairlie chose the place himsel',
The grave yaird o' Culloden.
Wi' hungry men, he faced the Duke,                        (Cumberland)
Wi' hungry men an' weary.
Wi' sticks and stanes,' gainst England's guns,      
They thocht they'd win for Chairlie.

MacDonald he glowered, and stood aback,
His pride was hurt richt sairly,
Hw wouldna fecht on any other side,
But on the richt o' Chairlie.
On England's side, wi' lack o' pride,
The Campbell smiled sae slyly,
Oor Hielan' men, were split in twain,
They focht baith for George and for Chairlie.

The Redcoats gaed doon on yin knee,
And held their muskets ready.
Their bellies ticht wi' breid and cheese,
Their haunds sae warm and steady,
Oor Hieland men upon them cam,
Their rags aboot them barely.
Wi' slogans an faith, they met their death,
They starved and died for Chairlie.

He stood on a knowe, the fecht tae see,
The snaw fell on him lichtly,
But in scarce an oor on Drummossie Moor                (hour)
He witnessed the murder o' his country.
The hale o' Scotland's wearing black,
A' dressed up for the soddin'
Prince Chairlie chose the place himsel'
The Graveyaird o' Culloden.


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