The Gallowa Hills

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Title - The Gallowa Hills
Contributors - Jeannie Robertson
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - In this song, the singer asks a pretty girl to come with him and share his lot in a strange country [i.e. district], to which she agrees, saying that she will sell her possessions and they will go over the hills to Galloway.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:03:31
Date Recorded - 1956
Language - Scots
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 64851
Original Tape ID - SA1956.169
Original Track ID - SA1956.169.A1
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - R3358;

Item Notes - 3 verses and choruses of 4 lines. 'The Gallowa Hills' is believed to have originated from a song by William Nicholson (1783-1849) called 'The Braes of Galloway', first published in his 'Tales in Verse, and Miscellaneous Poems descriptive of Rural Life and Manners' (1814, pp. 262-263). 20th century versions appear to stem from broadsides of the late 19th century.
See also:
'101 Scottish Songs' (N. Buchan, 1962) p. 102
National Library of Scotland, Broadside Ballad collection, RB.m.143(119)
'Jeannie Robertson: Emergent Singer, Transformative Voice' (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1995) pp. 171-172

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