#809: 2003, Alasdair Roberts, Farewell Sorrow

by George_East on November 26, 2013

So on the day that the Scottish independence White Paper was published by Alex Salmond, it seemed appropriate to mark the occasion with a song from one of the finest young Scottish folk singers around, Sterlingshire’s Alasdair Roberts.

Roberts, who is the son of folk singer Alan Roberts, has recorded three albums of traditional Scottish folk songs (2010’s Too Long In This Condition in particular is worth checking out) but this stunningly beautiful lament for fallen comrades is one of his own compositions.   It is one of those songs that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.  Truly astounding stuff:

Raise me high, raise me high

That I may see my fallen kindred seated

Who met with death on the battlefield

Who, in the end, fell and were defeated’

I first came across him when he did a session for the late greatJohn Peel back at the turn of the 2000s.

If you are lucky enough to get tickets, Roberts is supporting Bill Callahan on his UK tour in February 2014.   How great is that going to be?


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Charlie_East_West November 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Great choice of song.


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