A Pair o Nicky Tams

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Title - A Pair o Nicky Tams
Contributors - Andrew Robb Hunter
Reporters - Dr Margaret Bennett

Summary - Andy Hunter gives his impression of the Greig-Duncan project, and of the fourth volume, which he edited.

He then goes on to sing a comic bothy song in which a ploughman celebrates his nicky-tams [leather thongs tied around the knees]. The ploughman first wears these during his first job as a baillie loon [helper to the cattleman], then as third horseman. They are not only very useful at work, but also admired by the woman he is courting, though he is unco sweir [very reluctant] to take them off in church when she asks him to. He considers other possible professions, but will never forget the happy days he wore his nicky-tams.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:03:52
Date Recorded - 1990.11.27
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 99530
Original Tape ID - SA1990.093
Original Track ID - SA1990.093
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Recording Location:
  County - Midlothian
  Parish - Edinburgh
  Village - Edinburgh

Item Notes - A song by the famous bothy balladeer, G. S. Morris (1876-1958). Recorded at the 'Half-Way Ceilidh' in the Netherbow Theatre, celebrating the launch of Volume 4 of 'The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection'.

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