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Borders: Songs and Dances of the Scottish-English Border

Various Artists
Borders: Songs and Dances of the Scottish-English Border

Produced by noted music historian Samuel B. Charters, this album is a collection of field recordings of folk music from the border of Scotland and England. This region, fought over by English and Scots for many centuries, has a traditional culture containing elements typical of both countries. Many of the people native to the region, however, feel there is a noticeable difference between the music and speech on the two sides of the border. The album features folk songs sung a cappella in local dialects, fiddle tunes, songs played on a lesser-known variety of bagpipe called the Northumbrian smallpipes, and a recitation of a poem by D.M. Mackenzie. Liner notes include photographs and information on the region, the songs, and the performers.

Track Listing

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Nickie Tams Jimmy Scott 2:31
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102
The Laird of Drumblair (Strasthpey) Rob Hobkirk 1:15
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103
The Shepherd's Life Will and Sandy Scott 3:56
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104
First of May (Jig) Rob Hobkirk 1:16
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105
Jimmy Raeburn Tom Scott 2:43
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106
The Borders - The Scottish Side Tom Scott 0:51
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107
Bonnie Jeannie Shaw Tom Scott 1:34
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108
The Borders - The English Side n/a 1:11
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109
Northumbrian Air and Variations n/a 1:49
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110
Border Reels n/a 1:12
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111
The Pipes n/a 1:23
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112
Shepherd Laddie n/a 0:43
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Blackthorn Stick Tom Breckons 1:12
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201
The Kielder Hunt Will and Sandy Scott 4:49
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202
The Flowers of Edinburgh (Reel) n/a 1:15
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203
De'il Among the Tailors (Reel) n/a 1:47
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204
Mist Covered Hillsa of Home/Bonnie Galloway (Waltzes) n/a 2:33
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205
Harvest Home (Hornpipe) Rob Hobkirk 1:43
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206
The Tinker's Weddin' Jimmy Scott 3:43
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207
McAllister Dances Before the King Sandy Scott 2:12
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The Common Riding Tom and Jimmy Scott 1:53
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I Like Old Hawick the Best Nan Scott 1:45
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