:: Title :: Aiken Drum
:: Genre :: Jacobite song, topical song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Henderson, Hamish [vocal]
:: Setting :: 4 Downshire Hill
:: Location :: London (None), London (England)
:: Language :: Scots
:: Culture :: Scottish, Lowland Scots
:: Session :: Hamish Henderson 4/51
:: Date :: 4/2/1951
:: Reference Information :: T3274.0, Track 5 (00:01:43)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Alan Lomax: "Hamish says most of these songs have still some amount of oral currency - however all have a certain amount of literary influence - all have been pivotal in various forms in some of these books: Hogg's 'Jacobite Relics,' Scott's 'Minstrelsy of the Scots Border,' Povey's 'Reliques.' " [Source: Tape box]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Words are by poet and novelist James Hogg, the "Ettrick Shepherd" (1770 -1835). The term "Whig" was a disparaging term for the Covenanters (Presbyterians) who opposed the succession of King James VII and was later applied to those who opposed the Jacobites and later still to liberal parliamentarians who opposed the royalist conservatives. The tune is from the "Wonderous Love" - "Captain Kidd" family associated with so many great songs.
:: Collection :: Scotland 1951, 1953, and 1958

 

 

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