Sunday, 7 March 2010



Dubbieside said...



You may like this, in the opinion of a Fifer I think this is one of the best versions of The Road and the Miles to Dundee.

Witterings From Witney said...

Well, Well. So Scotland can produce something good, other than Malts - like a good tune!

I jest SR, I jest!

One of my favourites and thank you for sharing it.

BTS said...

I felt nauseous after about thirty-five seconds. Sorry. Nothing personal, just an overdose of 'twee'..

Key bored warrior. said...

I always sing it as: "I will build my love a bower, by yon cool crystal fountain" As sung by the Corries. After a dram or two of the Glenfiddich,providing I can hold the guitar ;)It is one of my favourites.

The song's chorus is:

Will ye go, lassie, go,
And we’ll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather, Will ye go, lassie, go.

The song is commonly described as a variant of "The Braes of Balquhidder" by Robert Tannahill (1774-1810), which was named after the braes, or hills, of Balquhidder near Lochearnhead, and has a similar lyric and tune. For example, the first two verses of "The Braes of Balquhidder" are:

Let us go, lassie, go
Tae the braes o' Balquhidder
Where the blaeberries grow
Mang the bonnie bloomin' heather
Whar the deer and the rae
Lichtly bounding thegither
Sport the lang summer day
On the braes o' Balquhidder

I will twine thee a bower
By the clear silver fountain
And I'll cover it o'er
Wi' the flowers o' the mountain
I will range through the wilds
And the deep glens sae dreary
And return wi' their spoils
To the bower o' my dearie

As well as being covered many times, "Wild Mountain Thyme" also appears in one of the opening scenes of the movie, The Woman in Green (1945). The film's central character, Sherlock Holmes, played by Basil Rathbone, is playing the tune on a violin as Doctor Watson interrupts him.

Key bored warrior. said...

Sorry I meant to say it was written by William McPeake, a native of Belfast,It was first recorded by Francis McPeake in 1957, and has since been covered by numerous artists.

Key bored warrior. said...

That makes no sense I must do some research?????

CrazyDaisy said...


fantastic pics but prefer the version off The Red Shed by Heartland a couple from Portree.

Fine day here at last!


subrosa said...

Dubbie, thanks for the video. The singer very much reminds me of a chap who used to sing that at ceilidhs many years ago.

That's my song when I've had a glass of whatever. There's a tiny part of Germany in which I suspect it's still sung at Hogmanay. :)

subrosa said...

Hey WFW, it produced me! Mind you whether I'm good or not is a matter of opinion. ;)

subrosa said...

Oh dear BTS, really you should consider yourself lucky. You may have been nauseous much quicker if I'd put up the video of Dundee in the 50s. ;)

subrosa said...

Aye that is a bonny version KBW, I couldn't find it though. But I do like the song, it's very Perthshire.

Thanks too for the wee history. I remember that film you know, not all of it but a bit.

subrosa said...

OK CD, I'll try to remember that and on the next fine day I see if I can post it.

That'll possibly be around September.;)

wisnaeme said...

Ach aye, Crazy Daisy, right so.
...and they're not th only ones frae the 'village' that's worth the listening to.

One of my favourite versions of this song is on Youtube. The video was done on a shoestring but none the less it's pretty cool.

Do a YouTube search for a group called 'the Silencers'.

subrosa said...

I'll do that wisnaeme and post it sometime so as folks could have a listen. I find these days we get too much Gaelic compared with my youth when we had the traditional Celtic.

Crinkly & Ragged Arsed Philosophers said...

Ach, that's it. I'm cummin hame.

Can anybody give me the estate agents for the des -res's shown?

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