I’ve heard a lot of Burns songs lately, and I love them dearly, but tonight I started thinking about modern Scottish songs and song writers. Who do you like? I’ll nail my colours to the mast and say that Karine Polwart is the one I like best. There’s a purity about her singing, a lack of vocal tricksiness, that makes her technique sound simple, though it’s anything but. And since most poets are suckers for herons, I love Follow the heron home. This Youtube clip isn’t the best possible recording – it’s a bit hollow, and somebody in the backing group isn’t in the right key, but I hope you’ll get the picture.
The current Scottish advert for the Homecoming features some truly naff voicings, including Schirr Sean, but the original of Caledonia, by Dougie MacLean, is, IMHO, not a bad song.