Music from Scotland

Music from Scotland: Sir Harry Lauder, Thomas Fraser, The Shetland Folk Festival

A selection of titles featuring music from Scotland. From the world's first popular music star, Sir Harry Lauder, to contemporary musicians at the Shetland Folk Festival!

After the death of Harry Lauder's son on the Western Front during the First World War, he took his piano to France to entertain the troops and raised large amounts of money for the war effort. For this he was awarded a knighthood in 1919.

Sir Harry's only filmed stage performance from 1931 is the opening feature on Panamint's Roamin' in the Gloamin' DVD.

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Sir Harry Lauder in a Series of his World Famous Songs (1931, b/w). Sir Harry Lauder on stage singing several of his most popular songs, including "Keep Right on to the end of the Road", with comic routines. The Glasgow Orpheus Choir (1951, b/w). Sir Hugh Roberton conducts the Glasgow Orpheus Choir in their first screen concert as they sing various Scottish songs. Filmed in London eight days before the Choir's final broadcast and disbandment on 25th June, 1951. Butterfingers (c 1950s, b/w). Rikki Fulton with the help of Kenneth McKellar in a silent comedy about the misdemeanors of a couple of Glaswegian ne'er-do-wells. You Take the High Road (1950s, b/w). The fishing and farming villages of the East coast and the scenery of the West coast are used as a backdrop for traditional Scottish airs and tunes. Emma's Dilemma (c 1950s, b/w). A romantic comedy made by Rikki Fulton in the style of 1920s silent films with inter-titles. Rikki plays all the parts, including Emma, who is in the family way, her baby, father and boyfriend, and Sir Grasper the lecherous landlord to whom the family is in debt. Will he find recompense? The Fiddlers of James Bay (1980, colour). From the National Film Board of Canada, this film explores the Scottish ancestry of Cree people living near James Bay in Canada. The film follows two Cree fiddlers, Ray Spencer and Bob McCloud, on their journey from Canada to perform in a series of fiddle concerts with the Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society in Stromness. Encore: Sir Harry Lauder - Keep Right on to the End of the Road (1931, b/w).

Thomas Fraser - Shetland Lone Star (BBC, Hopscotch Films).

A BBC Scotland documentary produced by Hopscotch Films telling the story of Shetland fisherman and folk musician Thomas Fraser. When Thomas Fraser passed away in 1978 he was known mainly as a fisherman even on his native Shetland. The subsequent release of a number of his music recordings, however, gradually established him as one of the most important British folk musicians. This programme utilises interviews with Fraser's friends, family and folk music specialists to tell his story.

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No Sleep 'Til Yell (BBC, Hopscotch Films).

Coverage of Shetland's yearly folk music festival. Featuring artists from all over the world, the Shetland Folk Festival is a unique event where the music runs non-stop through four days and is so embedded in the life of the island that performances occur in locations as unconventional and spontaneous as buses, ferries, in living rooms and in back gardens. Featured artists include Lau, The Wiyos, Session A9, The Foghorn Stringband and Vasen.

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Peter Morrison - Scotland Forever - A Journey i Scottish Song.

Peter Morrison tours Scotland including visits to stately homes Dalmeny House near South Queensferry and Traquair House, Innerleithen in two colourful, scenic films celebrating Scotland's culture, scenery and sometimes troubled history.

Includes the following songs:
Music of Scotland: Scotland the Brave, Loch Lomond, Glasgow Medley, The Bonnie Earl o' Moray, The Sound of Iona, Oh Gin I Were a Baron's Heir, The Piper o' Dundee, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose, The Saturday Dance, Dark Lochnagar, The Royal Mile, Will ye no' Come Back Again.

Land of the Eagle: Land of the Eagle, Mary Morison, Crinan Canal, Roses for Prince Charlie, A Hundred Pipers, Culloden, The Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre, Bonnie Wells O` Wearie, Marching Medley, Ae Fond Kiss, Neil Gow's Farewell to Whisky, Caledonia.

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