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Nicky Tams



TRACK DURATION: 0:02:13

  • LANGUAGE:
  • Scots

GENRE: Song

COLLECTION: SOSS

RECORDING LOCATION

  • County - Midlothian
  • Parish - Edinburgh
  • Village - Edinburgh

TRACK ID: 47714

ORIGINAL TAPE ID: SA1954.034

ORIGINAL TRACK ID: SA1954.34.A4

AUDIO QUALITY: Fair

SOURCE TYPE: Reel to Reel tape

ITEM NOTE: 6 verses of 4 lines; last line of first verse not sung. Melodeon accompaniment. Recorded at 4th People's Festival Cèilidh. Composed by the famous bothy balladeer G. S. Morris.

Nicky tams were leather thongs (or sometimes pieces of cord) tied below the farm worker's knee in order to keep the trouser legs from trailing in the mud (and allegedly to prevent rats and mice from crawling up the legs). The name derives from 'nicky' as an allusion to 'knickerbockers' (which were fashionable at the time) and 'tams' from 'taum', meaning 'cord'.

See:
'Scotland Sings' (E. MacColl, 1953) p. 96
'101 Scottish Songs' (N. Buchan, 1962) pp. 48-49
'Kerr's Buchan Bothy Ballads' vol. 2 (G. S. Morris & J. S. Kerr, 1957) pp. 2-3
'Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1977) pp. 316-318

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