CD Two Gentlemen of the Road: Alan Lomax Collection * (CD 937879),
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Two Gentlemen of the Road: Alan Lomax Collection *

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Merchant's Son, The
    2. Cowpin the Dishes (Interview)
    3. Hey Barra Gadgie (A Song in Cant)
    4. It Wis AA Beggin That We Did (Interview)
    5. Kindness From a Policeman (Interview)
    6. Grat For Gruel
    7. How to Build a Bender
    8. Chantin, Griddlin, And Lalyin (Interview With Two Song Fragments)
    9. Day We Went to Rothsay-O, The
    10. Playing For an All-Night Hooley (Interview)
    11. March, Strathspey and Reel
    12. Were You Always Alone? (Interview)
    13. Forfar Sodger, The
    14. They Put A Different Turn In Their Tunes / Diddling (Interview)
    15. Outside, on the Safe Side (Interview)
    16. Ox and the Fox Dug a Hole For Me, The
    17. It's a Long Drow at the End (Interview)
    18. Old Bodies, Five or Six Pounds Each (Berker Story)
    19. Did They Kill Children as Well? (Berker Story, Continued)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. My Darling Ploughman Boy
    2. From the Top of the Deck (Interview)
    3. Ah Likit Ma Mother (Interview With Four Song Fragments)
    4. He Used to Diddle a Lot O Songs (Interview)
    5. We Are Called the Buchan Stewarts (Interview)
    6. Dark-Eyed Lover
    7. It Wis a Slave Drivery (Interview)
    8. Barnyards of Delgaty, The
    9. Singin Along at Their Plough (Interview)
    10. Laird O Dainty Doonby, The
    11. Horseman's Grip and Word, The (Ritual Initiation Story)
    12. It Wis Torn, Rippit, Tattered (Song Fragment and Interview)
    13. Trooper and the Maid, The
    14. Story Musgrave (A Story of Fairy Abduction)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1793

  • Credits
    EngineerAlan Lomax; Hamish Henderson

    This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. Enhancements include a 53 page PDF file with expanded liner notes.
    Personnel: Davie Stewart (vocals, accordion); Jimmy MacBeath (vocals).
    Compilation producers: Anna L. Chairetakis.
    Recorded between 1951 & 1957.
    This is part of Rounder Records' The Alan Lomax Collection series.
    Scotland's Jimmy MacBeath and Davie Stewart were a pair of semi-professional entertainers who toured the British Isles, France and Canada delivering traditional ballads and stories that were very much the real deal and not just spun confections. Alan Lomax recorded both men several times between 1951 and 1957, and that material is collected here in this two-disc set, interspersed with interviews and personal recollections. It all adds up to a stately and endearing portrait of not only these two men, but also a portrait of a tradition constantly subjected to commercial cultural encroachment. Of particular note is Stewart's eccentric accordion playing. The instrument seems to have an intuitive (but effective) mind of its own in his hands and veers off on wild, wonderful tangents. ~ Steve Leggett

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (8/03, p.63) - "...Stewart sings with great gusto and backs himself on accordion, making his songs a pleasure to hear..."
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