Yowie wi the Crookit Horn

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Title - Yowie wi the Crookit Horn
Contributors - Jeannie Robertson
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - In this song, a man owns a much-appreciated illicit still (the 'ewie wi the crookit horn') until it is stolen by a 'nicken' [rascal]. He vows: "Gin I had the lad that did it /I wid kill him as sure as I said it / ... / I wid gie his neck a thra'".

Sung as a strathspey.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:04
Date Recorded - 1955.12.19
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 30057
Original Tape ID - SA1955.177
Original Track ID - SA1955.177.B1
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - R2140;

Recording Location:
  County - Lanarkshire
  Parish - Glasgow
  Village - Glasgow

Item Notes - Recorded at a 'Ballads & Blues Concert' at Allen Glen's School, Glasgow. Three verses of eight lines.
Despite the popular re-write by The Rev. John Skinner (1721-1807),
pastor of Longside in Aberdeenshire, which appeared in Johnson's
'Scots Musical Museum', and which implies that the 'ewie' in the song
is an actual sheep, older traditional versions of this song, such as
those preserved by the traveller community, tell us clearly that the
'ewie wi the crookit horn' is an illicit still.
'Tocher 23' (1976) pp.264-265
'Folksongs of Britain & Ireland' (P. Kennedy, 1975) p.603
'Vagabond Songs & Ballads vol. 1' (R. Ford, 1899) pp.87-90
'The Scots Musical Museum vol 3' (J. Johnson, R. Burns, 1853 edition)
'Jeannie Robertson: Emergent Singer, Transformative Voice' (J. Porter
& H. Gower, 1995) pp.143-144

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