Folk Music from Scotland: The Best of the Best

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Looking for the best Scottish folk music? Look no further than this comprehensive list of the top tunes from the genre. From classic ballads to modern hits, there’s something for everyone here.

Introduction to Scottish Folk Music

Most people know of Scottish music because of the bagpipes, but there is so much more to Scottish folk music than just that! There are many different instruments used in Scottish folk music, including the fiddle, accordion, flute, and drums. The music is often upbeat and lively, and is perfect for dancing.

There are many different styles of Scottish folk music, depending on the region of Scotland where the music originates. For example, the island of Lewis has a very different musical tradition than the city of Glasgow. The songs often tell stories of love, loss, work, and travel.

Whether you’re looking to get up and dance or just want to listen to some beautiful melodies, Scottish folk music is sure to please. Check out some of our favorite artists below.

The Best of the Best

From the merchants of Glasgow to the whisky-makers of Speyside, from the fields of the East Coast to the isles of the Hebrides, Scotland is a country with a long and rich history of folk music. The best of the best Scottish folk musicians have been collected here in this album, Folk Music from Scotland: The Best of the Best. Featuring both traditional and contemporary folk songs, this album is sure to please any fan of Scottish music.

The Corries

The Corries were a Scottish folk music duo, comprising Ronnie Browne and Roy Williamson. The Corries enjoyed considerable success and international renown in the late 1960s and early 1970s with their brand of folk-rock which incorporated traditional Scottish melodies and instruments into a modern pop music format. They are perhaps best known for their rendition of the traditional ballad ” Loch Lomond”.

The Corries were formed in 1955, when Browne and Williamson met while working in the engineering department of a Glasgow shipyard. They began performing together as an acoustic duo, playing mostly traditional Scottish songs. They soon began to experiment with electric instruments and amplification, which helped them to fill larger venues and gain a wider audience.

The Corries had a number of hit singles in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s, including “Flowers of the Forest”, “Wild Mountain Thyme”, “Will Ye Go Lassie Go”, and “Loch Lomond”. They also released several successful albums, including The Best of the Corries (1967), Folk Song Festivals (1969), and Live in Concert (1971).

The Corries disbanded in 1976, after Williamson’s sudden death from a heart attack at the age of 40. Browne continued to perform as a solo artist, and also worked as a producer and presenter for BBC Radio Scotland. He died in 2014 at the age of 80.

The Corries were one of the most successful Scottish folk music groups of their generation, and their music continues to be popular today. If you’re looking for some great Scottish folk music to add to your collection, be sure to check out The Best of the Corries!

The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. They have been playing together for over 40 years and have released over 25 albums. Their music is a blend of traditional Scottish folk music and contemporary singer-songwriter material. They are known for their inventive arrangements and their skillful use of traditional instruments. The band has toured extensively throughout the world and has appeared on many television and radio programs.

The Battlefield Band

The Battlefield Band is a Scottish folk band that has been going strong since the 1970s. They are known for their stirring renditions of traditional Scottish tunes, as well as their original songs with a distinctly Scottish flavor. The band has undergone many line-up changes over the years, but they have always stayed true to their roots in Scottish folk music. If you’re looking for some of the best Scottish folk music around, you can’t go wrong with the Battlefield Band.

The Legacy of Scottish Folk Music

Scottish folk music has a rich history dating back centuries. The music is steeped in the country’s culture and heritage. It is known for its unique sound and beautiful melodies. Scottish folk music is enjoyed by people all over the world. In this article, we will explore the best of Scottish folk music.

The Corries

The Corries were a Scottish singing duo who were particularly popular in the 1960s and 1970s. They are best known for their songs ” Flower of Scotland” and “Wild Mountain Thyme”.

The Corries were formed in 1961 by Roy Williamson (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica) and Ronnie Browne (vocals, mandolin, guitar). They took their name from an old Scottish ballad, “The Three Companions”, which tells the story of three friends who are killed in battle.

The Corries had a huge impact on the Scottish folk music scene, and their music has been hugely influential in the development of Scottish traditional music.

The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers are a Scottish folk band founded in Paisley, Renfrewshire, in 1968 and named after the city’s famous poet-weaver, Robert Tannahill. They are considered one of the most influential bands in the renaissance of Scottish folk music. The band’s music is based on traditional Celtic melodies played on acoustic instruments, with occasional forays into more modern musical styles.

The band has undergone several lineup changes over the years, but the core members have always been Phil Cunningham (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Roy Gullane (guitar, vocals), and John McShefferty (bagpipes, flute, Highland pipes, vocals). Cunningham and Gullane first played together in the Paisley Folk Club before forming the Tannahill Weavers. The original lineup also included Stuart Morison (bass) and Davy Steele (vocals).

The Tannahill Weavers’ self-titled debut album was released in 1974. They have since released 19 studio albums, 4 live albums, and 5 compilations. Their most recent album is 2018’s Arra.

The band has toured extensively throughout Scotland, the rest of the UK, Europe, Canada, and the United States. They have appeared at many major folk festivals including Celtic Connections, Folk Festivals such as Winnipeg Folk Festival where they were named ‘artists of the festival’ in 2003; Milwaukee Irish Fest; Kansas City Irish Fest; Seattle’s Bumbershoot; Philadelphia Folk Festival; and Australia’s National Celtic Festival.

The Battlefield Band

The Battlefield Band is a Scottish folk band that has been around since 1969. The band is known for its unique blend of traditional and contemporary Scottish folk music, and for its innovative approach to songwriting and arranging.

The band has released over 30 albums, and their music has been featured in film, television, and theater productions. They have toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, and their live shows are always a high-energy affair.

If you’re looking for a taste of authentic Scottish folk music, then the Battlefield Band is a great place to start.

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