I just learnt about the massacre of Glencoe in 1692 via a new friend in Edinburgh today.
This song was written about it by Jim Mclean in 1963 – i managed to search out his email address and dropped him a line – I hope it still works.
Lyrics here – http://www.incallander.co.uk/scottishsongs/song45.htm
This song about The Diggers of 1649 is most famously known via Billy Bragg’s version.
Leon Rosselson who penned the track is a prolific songwriter who is still very much around and performing – check out his website here – http://leonrosselson.co.uk/
Graham Moore has written a number of brilliant songs about historical figures and events including one about Tom Paine and this one about the Tolpuddle Martyrs who got on the wrong side of the establishment for starting a workers’ union in the 1830’s.
His album is really good and can be bought from the usual suspects – iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.
He seems to be without website at the moment and I need to check to see if he minds me posting some lyrics up here.
In the meantime have a listen to this –
I set my friend Tim Graham the challenge of learning one of Graham’s songs about the Tolpuddle Martyrs called ‘Road To Dorchester’ and this is what he came up with: