The Tarves Rant

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Title - The Tarves Rant
Contributors - Geordie Robertson
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - A group of farm workers go on the spree. On the way home, the singer becomes separated from his comrades and gets into a fight with a policeman. The man struggles as the policeman tries to arrest him, and the policeman eventually locks him in a room at the inn. The man escapes through a window but is immediately apprehended once more. He is taken to court in Aberdeen and fined 30 shillings plus 15 shillings to replace the policeman's coat. In the valedictory verse, the singer warns other ploughboys to avoid doing as he has done.

Geordie Robertson heard the song around 40 years previously at Yokieshill [near Mintlaw]. A cattleman made the song up about himself.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:56
Date Recorded - 1954.08
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 69025
Original Tape ID - SA1954.091
Original Track ID - SA1954.91.B7
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD576; R4847;

Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Aberdeen
  Village - Aberdeen

Item Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Tarves
  Village - Tarves

Item Notes - 12 verses.
Greig-Duncan, vol. 3, pp. 391-396, no. 576

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