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Track(s) taken from CDH88008

Loch Lomond

First line:
By yon bonny banks and yon bonny braes
1921; traditional Scottish melody
author of text

Peter Jones (tenor), The Philharmonic Chamber Choir, David Temple (conductor)
Recording details: July 1982
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: May 1988
Total duration: 3 minutes 46 seconds

Cover artwork: The River Tweed, near Fairnilee, Borders.

Other recordings available for download

Michael George (bass), Holst Singers, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Matthew Vine (tenor), Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks (conductor)
The Scottish folk-song Loch Lomond (or The bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond) was first published in 1841 in Vocal Melodies of Scotland. According to Scottish tradition, the words imply that when a Scotsman dies his soul travels to Scotland before passing on to the next world. Thus the high road pertains to the living and the low road to the dead. However, the original lyrics amounted to a Jacobean lament after the Battle of Culloden. According to one of the many interpretations based on this specific historical context, Loch Lomond is sung by the lover of a captured Jacobite rebel who is to be executed in London after a show trial. The executed rebels’ heads would be stuck on pikes and displayed at major towns along the main road (or 'high road') between London and Edinburgh, while relatives would walk back along the low road used by commoners.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2016

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