ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS ARTISTS- ‘The Scottish Diaspora: The Music And The Song’ (2014)

‘Thaim wi a guid Scots tongue in their heid are fit tae gang ower the warld.’

Various Artists - The Scottish Diaspora: The Music And The Song

You may be forgiven if on coming across this blog that we are solely interested in Irish things, admittedly the blog logo above doesn’t help!, but we are a pan-celtic group and even though it sometimes doesn’t look like it we’re interested in all aspects of the celtic family. With that in mind, and in the absence of a new Real McKenzies LP we give you this double CD, selling for the price of a single album. It’s a companion to The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry which is being embroidered by Scottish communities all over the world to reflect the global influence of Scottish culture over the centuries.  The Tapestry was designed by the artist Andrew Crummy and stitched by numerous volunteers. The album consists of 39 tracks selected from Greentrax Records back-catalogue, others licensed from various record companies around the world and several recorded specially for this compilation.
The Scottish Diaspora TapestryScotland’s diaspora across the globe was predominantly created by warriors, traders, missionaries, medical experts and farmers. And of course there were also the tens of thousands that were driven off the Highlands by landlords or by the rigours of unemployment to seek jobs and new homes. Their descendants today number 30 million and more, not counting England where the impact has been enormous. This diverse mix results in a quite unique collection. Highlight tracks are the Canadian song ‘Scarborough Settlers Lament’ by the late Stan Rogers; an Australian aboriginal recording of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ (titled ‘Waljim Bat Matilda’, sung in Kriol); a Bengali version of Auld Lang Syne; The Corby Song (written by an unemployed Scotsman who followed employment to the steelworks in Corby) and sung by George Galbraith; newly recorded tracks include River Of Steel by Siobhan Miller, General Tam Dalyell by Robin Lainga; a specially composed and recorded piece Le Campagne di Barga (The Bells of Barga) played by Hamish Moore on the Scottish smallpipes and the Dominic Behan song Connolly Was There, specially recorded by one of this blogs favourite folk artists Dick Gaughan.
If you’ve a interest in celtic-punk then don’t be afraid to broaden your horizons. You’ll often find that folk music and the people who sing it are a thousand times more punk then the punks are! There’s a wealth of music out there waiting to be discovered and I hope you will take a chance to discover it.


from Greentrax Records here

find out more about The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry here



2 thoughts on “ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS ARTISTS- ‘The Scottish Diaspora: The Music And The Song’ (2014)

  1. Jock MacTavish April 5, 2014 at 11:27 am Reply

    not forgetting the Scots diaspora’s contribution to Weatherspoon’s profits!

  2. Gael Sonraichte June 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm Reply

    Not a single mention of a Gaelic song, two of which were recorded specially for the album. The Scottish Gaelic diaspora is worthy of special mention in itself and the songs which the diaspora created could certainly fill several CDs.

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