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Great Scottish Ballads

Rory and Alex McEwen
Great Scottish Ballads

According to noted folklorist Kenneth S. Goldstein, "Scotland has had…the richest ballad tradition in the English-speaking world." Brothers Rory and Alex McEwen selected nine from this treasure trove for the present collection. Although the ballads are traditionally sung unaccompanied, the McEwens use guitar accompaniment. Each of the ballads, which were included in the great 19th-century collection by Francis James Child, receives an enlightening introduction from Goldstein; song lyrics are included in the liner notes as well.

Track Listing

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The Cooper o' Fife (Child No. 277) Rory and Alex McEwen 1:31
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Marie Hamilton (Child No. 173) Rory and Alex McEwen 2:08
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The Bonny Earl o' Moray (Child No. 181) Rory and Alex McEwen 3:01
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Clerk Saunders (Child No. 69) Rory and Alex McEwen 6:25
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The Dowie Dens o' Yarrow (Child No. 214) Rory and Alex McEwen 2:31
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Bonnie George Campbell (Child No. 210) Rory and Alex McEwen 1:26
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Wife of Usher's Well, The (Child No. 79) Rory and Alex McEwen 3:28
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Willie's Fair (Child No. 215) Rory and Alex McEwen 2:08
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Binnorie (Child No. 10) Rory and Alex McEwen 2:19
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