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This is our reworking of a traditional ballad of love, honour-killing and revenge, based on a variant collected around 1826 from Mary Orr of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire. Andrew Sloan collected the song on behalf of Renfewshire scholar Andrew Crawfurd for his ‘Auld Ballats’ collection, now housed in Paisley Central Library; the collection was later edited by Emily Lyle and published in 1975/1996 by the Scottish Text Society.

(Roud 45, Child 65)

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from The Speaking Heart, released December 1, 2010
Text trad. adapted Byrne/Wright, music C. Wright [PRS-MCPS]

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Lucy Pringle & Chris Wright Edinburgh, UK

Award-winning song duo drawing mainly from the rich vein of the Scots singing tradition, with a belief in letting songs breathe.

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