Highland King

Highland King

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Artist: Ronn McFarlane

Composers: Mark Butler, Andrew Rutherford

Format: 1 CD


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Little is known of the earliest history of the Lute in Scotland, though it was clearly an important instrument for centuries before the first lute manuscripts appeared. Crusaders, for example, returned from the East with lutes, among other musical instruments. As early as the thirteenth century, and for centuries thereafter, there were frequent references to the "tinkling" and the "melodious sound" of the "jolie lute" in Scottish poetry, and poets always included it in inventories of then fashionable instruments. Joyful, doleful, even diabolical—all of the many moods of the lute inspired Scottish poets over the years, suggesting it was an instrument with which the educated classes were intimately familiar.

—Kevin Bazzana

Track List

Anonymous - The Wemyss Lute Book (c.1644-1648) 
1. I choys to ly my lon
2. blew riben
3. Ladi ly nier mee
4. our last good night
5. generall Leslys godnight
Anonymous - The Rowallan Lute Book (c.1620) 
6. In ane inch I warrant
7. Untitled
8. Untitled
9. Maggae Hamfor
10. Katherines Bairdie
The Balcarres Lute Book (c.1700)
11. Tweedsyde - by mr beck
12. Cutte spoon and tree ladie - mr macklaughlans way, by Mr Beck
13. The canaries - the old way, in mr mclaughlans fashion, by mr beck
14. I wish I were where Helen lyes - by david grieve
15. The highland king - mr mclachlands way, by mr Beck
16. Port Athol - John morisons way, by mr Beck
17. I love my love, in secret - by mr beck, morisons way
18. Jockie leaped over the dyke - mr mclachlands way, by mr beck
Anonymous - The Wemyss Lute Book 
19. Through the wood Laudie
20. Lilt milne
21. da miche manum
22. Ruthueins Lilt
23. fair and Louky
24. doun in yon banks
25. My lady binnis lilt
The Balcarres Lute Book 
26. A Scotts tune - mr Lesslie
27. Where Will our goodman lye - mr mclaughlans way, by mr Beck
28. The newest scotts measure - mr mclaughlans way, by mr beck
29. Sweet Willie - mr Becks way
30. I never New, I loved the - by mr Beck
31. When she came in, she bobbed - mr mclachlands way, by master Beck
32. Simon brodie - mr Mclachlands way, by mr Beck
Anonymous - The Rowallan Lute Book 
33. Mary Betons Row
34. Current Tried
35. Over the Dyke Davie
36. Untitled
The Balcarres Lute Book 
37. The horsemans Port - mr Macklachlands way, by mr Beck
38. If thou wert my own thing - mr mclaughlans way, by mr beck
39. A gigge - mr mclachlans way, by mr beck
40. The more discreet, the wellcomer - mr Becks way
41. The lady Binnes lilt - by david grieve
42. Tarphicken - mr Becks way
43. The New Highland ladie - mr becks way
44. Da mihi manum - mr mclaughlans way, by mr Beck
* 10-course lute by Mark Butler, Baltimore 1979
(rebuilt by David Brown, Baltimore, 1994)
# 11-course lute by Andrew Rutherford, New York, 1991

Total time: 60:04
Release date: March 23, 1999
UPC: 053479025722