Davie Stewart

Go On, Sing Another Song: The Alan Lomax Portait Series

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In 2002, Rounder Records' Select label released Go On, Sing Another Song as part of its Alan Lomax Portrait Series, reissuing some songs that had appeared on previous collections of Scottish ballads, as well as some previously unreleased songs. Stewart and his friend Jimmy MacBeath (who also has an edition of the Lomax Portrait Series to his name) were two of the few folk balladeers in northeast Scotland who were able to perform as semi-professional interpreters of children's and "bothy" (farm life) ballads. Unlike MacBeath and fellow Scotsman John Strachan, Stewart often accompanies himself on squeezebox and sings in a much more expressive, almost theatrical style. The liner notes are very complete, with transcriptions of both the songs and the spoken introductions, and the recording from 1957 is clean and intimate in the traditional Lomax style. This is the perfect starting point for someone who is looking for something a little grittier than the Clancy Brothers but more accessible than the other Scots in this series.

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