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In These Times
by Adam McCulloch
A simply captivating album of popular, mainly Scottish, Traditional folk songs. Adam's fine singing voice gently enchants his listeners whilst the minimal accompanying fiddle, mandolin, banjo and backing vocals are of a similarly high standard.
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This version of the transportation ballad 'Van Dieman's Land' from Ord's 'Bothy Songs and Ballads' is a reminder of how hellish times could be in the bad old days. Telling the stories of several unfortunate people who ended up transported from throughout Scotland to 'Van Dieman's Land' for their crimes. 'Jean Stewart's tale 'o'a lass frae sweet Dundee', her 14 years for the 'playing o' the game' and of the captains freeing her only to find herself providing 'good usage' in return illustrates this painfully well.
Adam owes this song to the American group 'Uncle Earl', but he's added the final stanza from a Scottish version because he loved the idea of the wronged heroine/murderess actually becoming the captain of the ship on which the double crossing Willie Taylor had served.