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My Ain Countrie: 17th-19th Century Songs Of Scottish And Northern Emigration (Border Ballads)

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2016

My Ain Countrie Ed2016

If you’re footsore and far from home, step inside and be soothed by these folksongs of hard times and leaving home. Or perhaps you just have an interest in stories and songs? Either way, you’ll like this. For me, it was an oasis of calm, with Elspeth McVeigh’s perfect diction and gentle manner making it easy to connect with the poetry of earlier lives. Accompanied by fiddler Aaron McGregor, McVeigh touchingly sang unadorned songs about the vulnerable, with interesting historical introductions. My favourites were ‘If I were I Blackbird’ and ‘Unquiet Grave’; so take the advice from these songs and “whistle and sing,” as you resume your festival refreshed and ready to carry on with the adventure of life.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 20 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]