Jan 122011
 

The Stone of Scone - Stone of Destiny

The Wee Magic Stane (Music: Trad /Lyrics: Johnny McAvoy) is a humorous Scottish Republican song commemorating the liberation of the iconic (for Scots) Stone of Scone from under King Edward’s Chair/Throne in Westminster Abbey in 1950, for return to Scotland. This performance at ‘THE ESKIMO REPUBLIC’ at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre is probably the last made together by Robin Hall and Jimmy MacGregor. It was also the last public performance by  fiddle player Bobby Campbell. Other artists include: Ronnie Alexander, Finlay Allison, Bob Blair, Ian Davison, Arthur Johnstone, Enoch Kent, Ian Kirkpatrick, Danny Kyle, Gordon McCulloch, Geordie McIntyre, Adam McNaughtan, Ewan McVicar, Brian Miller, Palaver: Aileen Carr, Gordeanna McCulloch, Chris Miles & Maureen Jelks, Sam Ramsay, Jimmy Ross and Charlie Soane.

THE WEE MAGIC STANE (MP3 and Lyrics) See also FILMS: LYRICS – The Wee Magic Stane

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Jan 122011
 

The Peat Bog Soldiers, sung here by Luke Kelly of The Dubliners, is one of Europe’s best-known resistance anthems and was popular with German volunteers during the Spanish Civil War. Die Moorsoldaten (The Peat Bog Soldiers – Le Chant Des Marais in French) was written and first sung by socialist, anarchist and communist prisoners in the Nazi concentration camp of Borgermoor in Lower Saxony in 1933. Rudi Goguel, the composer, described its first performance thus: ‘The sixteen singers, mostly members of the Solinger workers choir, marched in holding spades over the shoulders of their green police uniforms (our prison uniforms at the time). I led the march, in blue overalls, with the handle of a broken spade for a conductor’s baton. We sang and by the end of the second verse nearly all of the thousands of prisoners present gave voice to the chorus. With each verse, the chorus became more powerful and, by the end, the SS – who had turned up with their officers – were also singing, apparently because they too thought themselves “peat bog soldiers”.’   Peat Bog Soldiers (MP3 and Lyrics) See also FILMS

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