Unless I am mistaken, Charlie Allan, a notable bothy ballad
singer referred to in Ian Russell's piece, is the son of John R.
, senior, and Lona Thomson Memorial Cup - Doug Hay, Whitehills.
The star, who shot to fame as gruff-voiced Roisin in the TV soap, sets out to breathe new life into the ancient tradition of Bothy Ballad
Ian Russell's analytical study focuses on a performance event, the Champion of Champions Bothy Ballad
Competition, held at Elgin in 2004.
"Then, there's Karen Matheson and Donald Shaw of Capercaillie fame, and the first woman to win the Bothy Ballad
champion of champions, Shona Donaldson.
But for many she'll always be queen of River City for her role as Roisin and in her native North East she's also the Bothy Ballad
This article looks at the ways in which songs, alcohol, and local identity are firmly wedded in the bothy ballad
tradition of North-East Scotland.
Consciously or not, he was following the example of Newcastle, and he was followed by others: singing competitions in Lincolnshire and Lancashire, the North of England Musical Tournament, and the bothy ballad
competition at Elgin.
"WHEN you see fisher folk, do ye nae think shame...?" goes the line in the Buchan bothy ballad
Tatties n' Herrin.
Es got Sandy Mitchell o Avoch pittin pen tae paper -'A feow eer ago noo I went fae Avoch doon twice tae jine a bus stravaig roon places - ferms an villages - far certain bothy ballads
Moreover, his historical studies ranged from "Folk Tradition and Literature till 1603" and "Song Context in Seventeenth Century Aberdeenshire" to "The Expressive Culture of Nineteenth Century Scottish Farm Servants." The latter in particular is a gem, placing bothy ballads
in the context of local dances, wonder tales, jokes, riddles, rhymes, rites of passage, and other rituals.
Whether his interest in opera and classical music was first sparked by a childhood fascination with bothy ballads
is less certain.