Old Blind Dogs: A Man’s a Man For A’ That

I'm in the mood for some Old Blind Dogs this week; so here's Bobbie Burns set to music and sung and played most beautifully. If you've any taste for this kind of folk music, you really ought to give the whole album a listen. … [Read more...]

Old Blind Dogs: Kincardine Lads

I've been enjoying a Scottish group called Old Blind Dogs recently; my favorite by them, "Tramps and Hawkers", isn't on YouTube, though you can find it on iTunes or Pandora. But another with a similar feel is this one: "Come All Ye Kincardine Lads". I love the tone of the singer's voice, and the cheerful good nature of the whole thing. … [Read more...]

Tramps and Hawkers

One of the songs I've been enjoying recently, both as listener and as player, is "Tramps and Hawkers". It's a song that was written in the 19th century by a Scottish "hawker" named Besom Jimmy. Nowadays, a hawker would be a kind of travelling salesmen; here, it certain means some kind of traveling sort, though whether tinker, tailor, beggar, or peddler I don't know. It begins like this:Oh come a’ ye tramps an hawkers an gaitherers o bla, That tramps the country roon an r … [Read more...]