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1. Scots Wha Hae
2. Wild Rover
3. Whisky in the Jar
4. Loch Lomond
5. I'll Tell My Ma
6. Spancil Hill
7. Piper o' Dundee
8. Irish Rover
9. Wild Mountain Thyme
10. Rising o' the Moon
11. I Will Go
12. Black Velvet Band
13. Fields of Athenry
14. Molly Malone

Loch Lomond

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A lovely Scottish classic. The words and the melody were picked up from a poor boy in the street in Edinburgh by Lady Scott and her husband in the 1800s. The 3rd verse was added later. The song refers to two of “Bonny Prince Charlie’s” wounded soldiers who had to be left behind in Carlisle in 1745 during their retreat from England. One was released and the other was to be executed the same hour. In Celtic belief, the spirit of the dead man would travel the “low road” back to his birthplace, arriving ahead of his wounded comrade who would take the road of the living… the “high road”. Heavy stuff!


I kept the traditional arrangement for most of the song, adding a whistle solo before the 3rd verse. I end the song with a couple of upbeat choruses, it just feels right to lift it at the end.


Instruments : 12-string & baritone guitar, bass, B-whistle, vocals



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