Sunday, December 13, 2009

Duncan Williamson

I've written before about Duncan Williamson, who died a couple of years ago. He was one of the last of the real Scots Travellers, a singer and storyteller and continuer of the tradition, and his death was a tremendous loss. I was surfing this morning and came across this YouTube clip, which I think is stunning. The info says it is a song Duncan heard in the US but, presumably because of the way Duncan sings it, it sounds as though it could have come from my home area of Perthshire. His voice is extraordinary for a man of that age, and there is something truly haunting about this song. I can't get it out of my head.

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