Yowie wi the Crookit Horn

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Title - Yowie wi the Crookit Horn
Alternate Title - Ewie wi the Crookit Horn
Contributors - Lucy Stewart
Reporters - Prof. Kenneth Goldstein

Summary - In this song, a man owns a much-appreciated illicit still (the 'yowie wi the crookit horn') until it is stolen by a 'nicken' [rascal]. He vows that if he had the lad that did it he would give his neck a twist.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:03:14
Date Recorded - 1959.12
Language - Scots
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 46975
Original Tape ID - SA1960.138
Original Track ID - SA1960.138.A2
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - R2140;

Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Old Deer
  Village - Fetterangus

Item Notes - 3 verses of 4 lines with chorus at start and after each verse; false start.
Despite the popular re-write by 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
'Jeannie Robertson' (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1995) pp. 143-144
'The Scots Musical Museum' vol. 3 (J. Johnson & R. Burns, 1853 edition) no. 293

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