Monday, 21 April 2014

Music in the Morning No. 338 – 5 Hand Reel

 

This morning I bring you a powerful Scots ballad, ‘The Bonnie Earl o’ Moray’,  which is believed to date from the 17th century.  5 Hand Reel, including Dick Gaughan, produce a magical performance.

 

I’ve appended the words after the video but if you want chapter and verse on the Bonnie Earl then please visit Murder Ballad Monday which has an excellent article on ‘The King, the Queen, her lover and his death - The Bonnie Earl of Moray’.

 

 

The Bonnie Earl o’ Moray                                                         5 Hand Reel

 

The Bonnie Earl o’ Moray

Ye Hielans and ye Lawlans
O whaur hae ye been
Thae hae slain the Earl o' Moray
And they've laid him on the green
He wis a braw callant
An' he played at the ba'
O the bonnie Earl o' Moray
He wis the flo'er among them a'
An' lang may his ladie
Look ower frae Castle Doune
Ere she sees the Earl o' Moray
Come soundin through the toun

O woe betide ye Huntly
And whaurfore did ye say
O a bade ye bring him tae me
But forbade ye him tae slay
He wis a braw callant
And he played at the ring
O the bonnie Earl o’ Moray
He micht hae bin a king
Lang may his ladie
Look ower frae Castle Doune
Ere she sees the Earl o' Moray
Come soundin through the toun

Ye Hielans and ye Lawlans
O whaur hae ye been
Aye they've slain the Earl o' Moray
And they've laid him on the green
He wis a braw callant
An' he played at the glove
Aye the bonnie Earl o Moray
He wis the Queen's true love
An' lang may his ladie
Look ower frae Castle Doune
Ere she sees the Earl o' Moray
Come soundin through the toun

 

2 comments:

  1. Haunting stuff. Lovely music you have here. Thanks for visiting

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  2. Thanks for your kind words about the music here.

    Just thinking about the silliness of Mut has me smiling.

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