|A1||The Bloody Fields of Flanders|
|A2||The Red Headed Boy|
|B1||Mrs MacDonald of Dunacht|
|B3||Larach Do Thaicaidean|
The first tune in this set is a Scottish pipe tune which the folklorist and writer Hamish Henderson used for his Internationalist anthem "The Freedom Come-All-Ye." The Second tune was learnt from a recording of Paddy Doran of Belfast, who used it for the song "The Roving Journeyman." When I played it in Lexington, KY in 2007, somebody told me it was called "Jerusalem's Ridge" round those parts.
B. MRS MacDONALD OF DUNACHT / CUNNLA / LARACH DO THAICAIDEAN
The first tune here is another Scottish pipe tune; the great ballad singer Lizzie Higgins used it as her tune for the ballad "Lady Mary Ann" at the suggestion of her father Donald. The second is the tune of a "macaronic" song, half-Irish/half-English, from the singing of Joe Heaney of Connemara. The third is the tune of a Scottish Gaelic song taught to me by the great Lewis-born Mairi Morrison. The title translates as: "The prints of your tackety boots."
- Alasdair Roberts, January 2010.