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Ower Yon Hill There Lives a Lassie, 1955

Track ID : 60117

A young suitor offers wealth if a young woman will go with him, but she rejects all his material possessions, saying all she wants is a "fine young man".

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Johnny My Man, 1955

Track ID : 60119

In this temperance song, a woman comes to find her husband at the ale-house, in order to beg him to give up drinking and return to his family; she reminds him of how different and happy their lives...

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Balmoral Highlanders/Father John MacMillan of Barra/Jean Mauchline, 1977

Track ID : 60155

Diddling of three marches. They are 'Balmoral Highlanders', 'Father John MacMillan of Barra' and 'Jean Mauchline'.

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Diddling, 1977

Track ID : 60156

Duncan Williamson points out that the pronunciation of the 'words' change in faster diddling. His mother was a great diddler, 'Bundle and Go' being one of her favourites. He diddles two tunes.

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Leaving Lismore, 1977

Track ID : 60158

A piper would choose a tune to play according to the location, occasion and listeners. He might play a slow tune, such as 'Leaving Lismore'. It is diddled here.

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Three nursery rhymes and a riddle from Orkney., August 1957

Track ID : 60160

Fieldworkers : Mather, J Y (6628)

Three nursery rhymes and a riddle from Orkney. Kirsty, Kirsty Kringlik, Gae me nieve [fist] a tinglik [tingle], What shall ye for supper hae? Deer, shear, bread or smear? Minch meat sma or nane av...

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Diddling, 1977

Track ID : 60162

Duncan Williamson diddles a tune he calls 'Loch Duie' [Bràigh Loch Iall], to which he has also set words at the request of old Maggie Cameron. She liked the tune because Sandy played it on the pipe...

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Sir Patrick Spens/Over the Sea to Skye/The Man from Skye, 1977

Track ID : 60164

Any tune can be diddled, if suitable syllables are used; Sandy Cameron's way with canntaireachd; a good woman diddler; a versatile piper. Duncan Williamson diddles 'Sir Patrick Spens' and says tha...

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The Bloody Fields of Flanders, 1977

Track ID : 60167

Duncan Williamson says this is his version of the 3/4 march 'The Bloody Fields of Flanders', and that the tune was a great favourite with Hamish Henderson.

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The Death of Queen Jane, 1977

Track ID : 60168

Any tune can be diddled if you know it well. Duncan Williamson diddles the tune of 'The Death of Queen Jane', then sings some verses. He was not thinking of the words when he was diddling.

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