I'm enjoying a musical blast from my family's past. My parents loved the songs of Kenneth McKellar, the famous Scottish tenor, and had several of his albums, including the family favorite, Roamin' in the Gloamin'. To my great delight, I recently found that album (along with many others of his) on Amazon, and immediately bought and downloaded the MP3 version. I've been thoroughly enjoying it.
For those of you new to Scottish music, here's a selection from that tradition. For those of you new to Kenneth McKellar, this is a great introduction to one of the finest post-World-War-II singers to come out of the Highlands.
Let's begin with a traditional, quirky, fun tune, 'The Cockle Gatherer'. Lyrics and background information may be found here.
Next, a love song by Robert Burns, 'Bonnie Wee Thing'. Lyrics may be found here.
Finally, how could any collection of Kenneth McKellar's songs be complete without his rendition of 'Scotland the Brave'? Lyrics here.
The entire album, plus many others, are available on Amazon.com.