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Today is 02 March 2014. Here is a short list of linkies to songs by The Corries:

Flower of Scotland (the unofficial anthem, sung at footie games, etc.)

The Bricklayer’s Song (the quality is a bit jagged, but not too bad; it’s a hoot anyway)

Leaving of Liverpool

The Green Hills of France

Scotland the Brave (Humorous)

Skye Boat Song

Mingulay Boat Song

The Tortoise

Best of The Corries (31 videos)

The Corries Selection (155 songs)

Note the unique instruments, or ‘combolins’, which Roy Williamson built himself. Whenever they are played, the singers reverse their stage positions.


Today is 03 January 2014 (in Edmonton, anyway) 😉 and here is a long list of some of my beloved music (but nowhere near a complete list LOL):

Dancing Floor – this is a demo by Rory MacDonald of Runrig and one of the most haunting of their songs, in my not so humble opinion. I love it and was not surprised to hear that some couples have used it for a wedding or anniversary song.
Here’s the link to the video. Hope you enjoy it! (any comments you see from Ryven1 are mine) 🙂

And here’s my all-time favourite by Runrig; it’s ‘Loch Lomond’ performed live at Loch Lomond. I can listen to this particular version a dozen times in a row and never get tired of it (some of the chorus is in Gaelic!):

Wish I could have been there for their 40th year anniversary this year. But maybe I’ll make a concert before they retire . . .
BTW, their lead singer now is Bruce Guthro of Nova Scotia; he tours and sings with them for six months, then goes home to pursue his solo career . . .

Johnny Clegg; can’t believe I haven’t heard of him ’til now! He’s the South African I told you about who hung out with Zulus and learned to speak the language, dance the war dances (see in this video) and formed an inter-racial group, then later another one. The first video shows him dancing side by side with his Zulu friend. The next one is in homage to Nelson Mandela and the third is the song ‘Impi’ that 23 thorns said is often played at white weddings and the middle aged men get up and try to do the dance. You’ll see why it’s funny if you watch the first video first. But it’s really about a historic battle where the Zulus beat a much larger contingent of British soldiers. Listen to the words . . . at first there’s a montage of photos of Johnny and his friend Sipho, then it changes to images of the battle.
Johnny is the lone white guy in the lineup:

wanna be inspired? watch this video (Johnny Clegg and Friends – Spirit of the Great Heart):

Next: The Gentlemen of the Road stopover:
DAWES and Marcus Mumford sing “When My Time Comes

Mumford & Sons sing “Amazing Grace“; ‘real music by real musicians’ !!! music as she oughta be played . . . :
(at 8:51 and 9:11ish, you will see a Maple Leaf flag being waved out in the crowd . . . 🙂

Roll Away Your Stone

The Boxer

Where are You Now?

Bruce Springsteen sings “If I Should Fall Behind” in Dublin (a haunting melody):

Tracy Chapman’s “Talkin’ About A Revolution“; the first of her songs I ever heard:

Midnight Oil with “Beds are Burning”, still a favourite after all this time and the song that made me go straight out and buy the CD (not my usual thing):

and one of my new loves – Yothu Yindi performing “Treaty”:

and the same song performed at ARIA 2012 with amazing staging (Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil and some others joining in):

You may not have seen any of the videos from the tribute to Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary”; here’s Arlo Guthrie and Family singing “Deportees“, another of my long-time favourites:

and Judy Collins singing “Amazing Grace“:

and then I found Judy Collins and Bobby McFerrin singing “Amazing Grace” together (a capella) with the most incredible harmonies ever:

. . . which brought me back to Bobby McFerrin (one of the most inspiring singers!) Don’t Worry, Be Happy:

and teaching harmony to an audience by having them sing Gounod’s “Ave Maria” while he sings Bach:

and with a different audience “Itsy Bitsy Spider” (glad I wasn’t in that section!):

We can learn so much about music, teaching and entertaining an audience by watching him demonstrating the power of the pentatonic scale:

and here’s Bobby teaching a scat lesson:

and then there’s Bobby singing with a young boy (from the audience?), doing “Route 66”:

Luke Kelly and the Dubliners singing “The Black Velvet Band”:

Luke’s final performance, singing “The Night Visiting Song”:

and “The Rising of the Moon”:

“The Rare Auld Times”:

and “The Town I Loved So Well”:

“The Leaving of Liverpool”:

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem singing “Roddy McCorley” (one of my earliest favourites):

and “Brennan on the Moor”:

Great Big Sea singing “End of the World”:

and “Lukey’s Boat” (awesome video filmed live in an Irish pub with The Chieftains):

Kashtin, whom I was lucky to see for free in Victoria just before the Commonwealth Games, singing “Pakuakumit”:

“Nitanish” (my people):


Another of my all-time favourites, The Corries:

“Sound the Pibroch” (and check out the unique instruments: combolins designed and made by Roy Williamson himself):

“Westering Home”:

“Peggy Gordon”:

“Johnny Cope”:

“The Hills of Ardmorn”:

“Flower of Scotland” (written by Roy and the unofficial Scottish national anthem; it’s sung at all the football games where a Scots team is playing; this is one of the earliest recordings):

“Jock o’ Braidosley” (a great folk tale and here are the combolins again):

“The Green Fields of France”, a haunting and unforgettable video:

“The Shamrock and The Thistle” (can’t find it now, but I love it done by The Corries and The Dubliners):

“The Roses of Prince Charlie”:

A smile for last: The Corries singing “The Bricklayer’s Song”:

A long list, but only a few of my favourites . . . 🙂

Oops, nearly forgot The Pogues (the only punk rock group I listen to )
“If I Should Fall From Grace With God “(check out Terry Woods’ fingering on the cithern at 0:32 and 1:00; I remember Terry from when he and his wife Gayle performed as Steeleye Span – see “As I Roved Out” here):

“The Very Best Of The Pogues” (full album):

Live Concert 1985:

Today (21 February 2013) I am adding a link to a post that may interest you; it introduced to me a musician new to me. The story alone is worth reading; like me, though, you will likely want to explore the music of Jesus Rodriguez:

First Posting:

I love music! I grew up in a family that made its own; Dad played guitar and could sing and yodel (think Wilf Carter); he was good enough that he could have been a professional if he hadn’t grown up during the depression, then gone off to war. After that, marriage and all of us kids . . . Mum rarely took part (I think she was a bit shy), but on the rare occasions when I have heard her sing, she had a wonderful voice. Both my grandmothers sang beautifully; I wish I had known them, but that was not to be. My Dad’s mother could pick up any instrument, run her hands over it and begin to play; my Mum’s mother left Norway with her family when she was nine; her music teacher begged to have her and a younger brother left in Norway for further training; my great-grandparents wouldn’t hear of it, of course. Luckily for me!

We had a small chord organ by the time I was in junior high and most of us kids taught ourselves to play from a variety of books. And, of course, we went for drives most weekends, and usually sang in the car. Great memories! My Mum wrote poetry from the time she was very young; had most of it published in a variety of papers and magazines, and occasionally some was read on a radio station, too. One year she wrote a poem and set it to a commonly known winter song; a younger sister and brother sang it at a Christmas concert at school, to rave reviews.

OK, enough about me; now what I’m going to do is make a list here of some of my own favourites; you won’t like all of them, but you may be pleasantly surprised by some. No guarantees! I’m very eclectic in my tastes, as you will see. But even if you don’t like any of them, we can still be friends . . . I promise!

So, here’s the beginning of a list: Today I’m going to put the artist or band and add the name of a favourite cut or two, with a link to YouTube when there is one available.  Let me know what you think, whether you like these or not. I’m eclectic in my friendships, too, and lots of my friends would never listen to anything I like, so no worries . . . I’ll add more from time to time, so check back later . . .

The List (by country, but otherwise in no particular order except alphabetical):


Crossing Borders:






2 thoughts on “Music!!

    • Susan, your comment didn’t show up on my Comments list; sorry I missed you. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be checking out your favourites soon . . . ~ Linne

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your comments. ~ Linne

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