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Moira Anderson versions:Bonny Gallowa/Rothesay Bay

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ROTHESAY BAY


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Teru 24 Feb 97 - 06:50 PM
Susan of DT 24 Feb 97 - 07:19 PM
Teru 24 Feb 97 - 11:02 PM
Anne Cormack 25 Feb 97 - 10:02 AM
dick greenhaus 25 Feb 97 - 02:53 PM
Teru 25 Feb 97 - 06:42 PM
Teru 25 Feb 97 - 06:45 PM
Anne Cormack 26 Feb 97 - 02:08 AM
Teru 26 Feb 97 - 06:54 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 26 Sep 03 - 06:25 AM
Larkin 26 Sep 03 - 06:38 AM
GUEST 26 Sep 03 - 01:05 PM
Big Tim 26 Sep 03 - 01:32 PM
Kenny B (inactive) 27 Sep 03 - 01:55 AM
GUEST,Donal 27 Sep 03 - 02:21 AM
Teru 08 Nov 03 - 09:01 AM
DonMeixner 08 Nov 03 - 11:52 AM
akenaton 08 Nov 03 - 07:18 PM
Compton 08 Nov 03 - 08:05 PM
Alba 08 Nov 03 - 08:23 PM
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GUEST,Boab 09 Nov 03 - 02:38 AM
Tam the Bam (Nutter) 09 Nov 03 - 09:29 AM
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Subject: Moira Anderson
From: Teru
Date: 24 Feb 97 - 06:50 PM

Does anyone know the lyrics for following tow Scottish songs sung by Moira Anderson?

1)Bonny Gallowa; 2)Rothesay Bay


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Susan of DT
Date: 24 Feb 97 - 07:19 PM

Did you search the DT? I got three hits on Rothesay and eleven on Gallowa* Are any of these what you are looking for?


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Teru
Date: 24 Feb 97 - 11:02 PM

Thank you for your suggestion. I got the same number of hits on Rothesay and Gallowa. However, they don't sound like what I am looking for.

Have you got any more ideas?

Thank you in advance.


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Anne Cormack
Date: 25 Feb 97 - 10:02 AM

Teru, I have both of these songs, sung by Moira Anderson on a cassette called "The Sounds of Scotland" produced by EMI, no. 8373134. If you don't get the words soon, I'll try to transpose them from my tape for you.

Anne


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 25 Feb 97 - 02:53 PM

Anne--- if you do find the words, PLEASE post them here.

Thanx


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Teru
Date: 25 Feb 97 - 06:42 PM

Dear Anne,

Thank you very much for your propose. I have a CD which includes Moira Anderson's songs. But I cannot follow the words, especially Scottish ones because of my poor linguistic ability. If you transposse the words, I am vey happy.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With my best wishes,

Teru


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Teru
Date: 25 Feb 97 - 06:45 PM

Dear Dick,

Thank you very much for your kindness. It is, however, difficult for me to find the words. THAT is a problem. I wish I were better at Scottish dialect and even at English!

Sincerely,

Teru


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Subject: Lyr Add: BONNIE GALLOWA' (from Moira Anderson)
From: Anne Cormack
Date: 26 Feb 97 - 02:08 AM

Teru,
Here are the words for BONNIE GALLOWA' as sung by Moira Anderson:

1.
Wha but lo'e the bonnie hills,
Wha bur lo'es the shinin' rills,
Aye for thee my bosom fills,
Bonnie Gallowa'
Land o' darkly rollin' Dee,
Land o' silvery windin' Cree,
Kissed by Solway's foamy sea,
Bonnie Gallowa'.

2.
Wha 'mang Scotia's chiefs can shine,
Heroes o' the Douglas line,
Maxwells, Gordons, a' are thine,
Bonnie Gallowa'
Land o' birk and rowan tree,
Land o' fell and forest free,
Land that's aye sae dear tae me,
Bonnie Gallowa'.

I've tried getting the words for Rothesay Bay, but even I can't make a lot of them out, and I'm Scottish!!!!
Maybe someone else will help.

Regards Anne
Added to DT Oct 98 - (click)^^^


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Teru
Date: 26 Feb 97 - 06:54 PM

Dear Anne,

Many thanks for your kindness. These are what I have been looking for. I love Scottish songs. I have some CDs including the songs sung by The Corries, Andy Stewart, Moira Anderson and even Sir Harry Lauder. I do not understand all the songs, and I may sometimes ask the words to these songs on this forum. I wish you to help me again.

With my kindest regards

Teru (Teruhiko Kachi, Japan)


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROTHESAY BAY
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 26 Sep 03 - 06:25 AM

Don't know if Teru ever saw this later thread from 1999 where Wolfgang posted the words.

Found the words and more Scots Language explanation. From http://www.rampantscotland.com/songs/blsongs_rothesay.htm

Rothesay Bay

Fu' yellow lie the cornrigs, fat down the braid hillside;
It is the brawest har'st field, alang the shores o' Clyde,
And I'm a puir har'st lassie wha stands the lee lang day -
Amang the cornrigs of Ardbeg, aboon sweet Rothesay Bay.
 
O I had ance a true love, now I hae nane ava;
And I had three braw brithers, but I hae tint them a'.
My father and my mither sleep i' the mools this day -
I sit my lane amang the rigs, aboon sweet Rothesay Bay.
 
It's a bonnie bay at morning, and bonnier at noon,
But bonniest when the sun draps and red comes up the moon
When the mist creeps o'er the Cumbraes and Arran peaks are gray,
And the great black hills, like sleeping kings, sit grand roun' Rothesay Bay
 
Then a bit sigh stirs my bosom, and wee tear blin's my e'e,
And I think of that far countrie wha I wad like to be.
But I rise content i' the morning to wark while I may -
I' the yellow har'st field of Ardbeg, aboon sweet Rothesay Bay.
 
Meaning of unusual words:
cornrigs=strip of land growing corn
puir=poor
aboon=above
ava=at all
tint=lost
mools=earth
Cumbraes=islands east of Bute on the Clyde estuary
Arran=island south of Rothesay

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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Larkin
Date: 26 Sep 03 - 06:38 AM

What's the difference between Moira Anderson and Walt Disney?
( Scootish Accent!) Moira Anderson sings and Walt Dis Nae.
Martin


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Sep 03 - 01:05 PM

Larkin, that joke's as old as Rothesay Bay!!


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Big Tim
Date: 26 Sep 03 - 01:32 PM

Moira Anderson - good voice but lacking soul?


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Subject: Lyr Add: BONNIE GALLOWA' (George G. B. Sproat)
From: Kenny B (inactive)
Date: 27 Sep 03 - 01:55 AM

W/ 3rd verse and composer


BONNIE GALLOWA'
George G. B. Sproat

Wha but lo'es the bonnie hills,
Wha but lo'es the shinin' rills;
Aye for thee my bosom fills—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.

Land o' darkly-rollin' Dee,
Land o' silvery windin' Cree,
Kiss'd by Solway's foamy sea—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.

Wreathes o' glory roun' thee weave,
Gory land o' fearless Thrieve,
Heroes' deeds your sons achieve—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.

Ance ye had a king your ain,
Wha your laurels ne'er wad stain,
Focht your foes wi' micht an' main—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.

Wha 'mang Scotia's chiefs can shine?
Heroes o' the Douglas line,
Maxwells, Gordons, a' are thine—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.

Land o' birk and rowan tree,
Land o' fell and forest free,
Land that's aye sae dear to me—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: GUEST,Donal
Date: 27 Sep 03 - 02:21 AM

I have a Moira Anderson LP which I picked up fairly cheaply, hoping to
transfer some of the songs to computer to go with the lyrics I have.
I didn't realise that she sings folksongs as if they were grand opera,
not my kind of singing at all. Give me Jean Redpath any day.
                                                                                       Don.


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Teru
Date: 08 Nov 03 - 09:01 AM

Thanks George.

I have never been here for a long time.

More than 6 years have passed since I posted my first thread!!!!!!

Don't worry about my knowledge on Scots language.

I have a small dictionary of Scots, and I have personally "EDITED" "Scots Glossary for Songs and Lyrics" which contains more than 2,000 words and phrases.

Anyway, I am interested in Japanese and English dialects, although I am not a linguist.


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: DonMeixner
Date: 08 Nov 03 - 11:52 AM

I agree about Anderson v Redpath. I have an old Jean Redpath recording, "Laddie Lie Near Me" on Elektra. It has a recording of Rothsea Bay and it is one of the finest versions I have heard sung. No big surprise there.    Alan Reid has a same words(mostly) different tune recording of it on The Battlefield Band's most reecent recording which is also worth the listen.

Don


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: akenaton
Date: 08 Nov 03 - 07:18 PM

As I was born "Aboon Sweet Rothesay bay",I thought I would provide some information on the song.
The Ardbeg referred to is Ardbeg Farm which is still there, but now Holiday chalets.
The mountains of the island of Arran,in profile, are said to resemble a sleeping warrior...Hense "sleeping kings"
A beatiful song, which always brings out great emotion when sung in this area ...Best wishes Ake


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Compton
Date: 08 Nov 03 - 08:05 PM

Nowadays, New Years Eve on the telly isn't the same without Andy Stewart and Moira Anderson and the White Heather Club.


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Alba
Date: 08 Nov 03 - 08:23 PM

Teru,
Your English is wonderful and it is lovely to hear your appreciation of Scottish Songs and Singers.

Compton. I agree, Hogmanay is not the same without it all. Duncan McRae singing "three birds sittin on a wa" brilliant stuff!
Best wishes to all
Jude


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: akenaton
Date: 08 Nov 03 - 08:28 PM

Compton...Not long ago I met a couple of "TheWhite Heather Club " dancers....Now in their Sixties,Small world isnt it ..Best Wishes Ake.


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: GUEST,Boab
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 02:38 AM

I agree with the sentiments re. Moira; a sweet [trained] singer, but like others of her ilk, tends to "take the soul" out of Scottish folk songs. [ Ken McKellar was exactly the same till he suddenly "got wise" after doing a mini-telly-series with Jean Redpath and Alastair MacDonald] Nice seeing a discussion of "Rothesay Bay". A very dear old Pal died a few years back, and left me his accordion. I make it a duty every New Years night to be at his club to play his favourite tune on the squeezebox--Rothesay Bay.


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Tam the Bam (Nutter)
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 09:29 AM

Moira Anderson is a nice singer, but as Boab says she and her Ilk take the soul out of Scottish music/song. and another thing at lest we in the folk business don't have to dress up like tartan christmas trees or bloody a photie aff the shortbread tin.

Tom


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Jim McLean
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 01:18 PM

Moira Anderson, Kenneth McKellar and Alastair McDonald have all recorded The Massacre of Glencoe. As previously mentioned, Moira singslike a trained soprano(?), Kenneth makes a good job of it although he leaves out the verse about King William! I prefer Alastair's version. I first heard Aboon Sweet Rothesay bay from an old neighbour in Paisley about 50 years ago. I think it was written by an English woman although the language is heart rendingly Scottish, a really beautiful song.


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: GUEST,Bob Maich
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 07:32 AM

I'm a huge fan of Scottish music! Will Starr,Alex beaton,Andy Stewart.! Please tell me who sings the grandest version of Rothesay bay.I love this song. My dear old Mother tught me how to love the aul scots songs. May she rest in peace.

For i'm a brave harvest Laddie who stands the lee long day........


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Subject: RE: Moira Anderson
From: Scrump
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 10:06 AM

Moira Anderson was also a fine mimic, something often overlooked by those who have only heard her renditions of Scottish songs.


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