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The Stewarts of Blair

The Stewart Family: The Stewarts of Blair (Topic 12T138)

The Stewarts of Blair
Traditional ballads, songs and pipe music by one of Scotland's great singing families
The Stewart Family

Topic Records 12T138 (LP, UK, 1965)
Ossian OSS CD 96 (CD, UK, 19xx)
Topic Records TSDL138 (digtal download, UK, February 2013)

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Recorded by Bill Leader in his own home, Camden Town, London, 1964 or 1965;
Notes by Hamish Henderson

Musicians

Belle Stewart (1906-1997), vocals [1-5];
Alex Stewart (Belle's husband), goose [11], pipes [12];
Cathie Stewart (1927-; Alex and Belle's daughter), vocals [6-7, 11];
Sheila Stewart (1935-2014; Alex and Belle's daughter), vocals [8-10]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [Belle] Huntingtower (Roud 345; Laws O23; G/D 5:1052)
  2. [Belle] Caroline of Edinburgh Town (Roud 398; Laws P27; G/D 6:1151; Henry H148)
  3. [Belle] In London's Fair City (Roud 218; Laws P30; G/D 2:210)
  4. [Belle] Queen Amang the Heather (Roud 375; G/D 5:962; Henry H177)
  5. [Belle] The Dowie Dens o' Yarrow (Roud 13; Child 214; G/D 2:215)
  1. [Cathie] The Lakes o' Shillin (Roud 189; Laws Q33; G/D 2:228; Henry H176)
  2. [Cathie] Ower Yon Hill There Lives a Lassie (Roud 5121)
  3. [Sheila] The Convict's Song (Roud 5122)
  4. [Sheila] Young Jamie Foyers (Roud 1941; G/D 1:106) (2.44)
  5. [Sheila] The Corncrake Amang the Whinny Knowes (Roud 2736; G/D 5:945; Henry H18b)
  6. [Cathie acc. Alex] Busk, Busk, Bonnie Lassie (Roud 832; G/D 5:1053)
  7. [Alex] Pipe Tunes: Fagail Liosmor / 74th's Farewell to Edinburgh marches / The Shepherd's Crook strathspey / Miss Proud reel

Review

This review is from Gramophone, March 1966:

Another good record, strictly traditional, is by The Stewarts of Blair (Topic 12T138). Belle, Cathie and Sheila, the female members of this famous Scottish singing family, perform songs like Huntingtower, The Dowie Dens of Yarrow and Young Jamie Foyers in a way that shows, if any doubt it, that you can sing in a traditional manner and yet make a delightful sound. Alex Stewart plays a March, Strathspey and Reel on the Highland war pipes. This is one of Topic's best.

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The Travelling Stewarts

The Stewart Family and other Traveller Families: The Travelling Stewarts (Topic 12T179)

The Travelling Stewarts
The Stewart Family and other Traveller Families

Topic Records 12T179 (LP, UK, 1968)

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Recorded by Bill Leader in Scotland in 1967;
Notes by Carl MacDougall;
Photographs by Brian Shuel

Musicians

Jeannie Robertson, vocals [2];
Lizzie Higgins (Jeannie's daughter), vocals [1];
Donald Higgins (Jeannie's husband), whistle [3];
Isaac Higgins (Jeannie's brother-in-law), mouth organ [3];

Davie Stewart, vocals [5];
Jane Stewart (Davie's daughter), vocals [4];
Christina Stewart (Davie's cousin), vocals [6];

Maggie McPhee, vocals [7]

Belle Stewart, vocals [9];
Alex Stewart (Belle's husband), pipes [8], goose [9, 10];
Cathie Stewart (Alex and Belle's daughter), vocals [10];
Sheila Stewart (Alex and Belle's daughter), vocals [11];

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Lizzie Higgins: Johnnie My Man (Roud 845; G/D 3:587; Henry H807)
  2. Jeannie Robertson: Willie's Fatal Visit (Roud 244; Child 255)
  3. Donald and Isaac Higgins: The Battle is O’er / Scotland the Brave / The 51st Division in Egypt pipe tunes
  4. Jane Stewart: Bogie's Bonnie Belle (Roud 2155; G/D 7:1396)
  5. Davie Stewart: McGinty's Meal and Ale (Roud 2518; G/D 3:630)
  1. Christina Stewart: My Bonnie Tammy (Roud 326)
  2. Maggie McPhee: MacPherson’s Lament (Roud 2160; G/D 3:697)
  3. Alex Stewart: The Drunken Piper march / Brig O’ Perth strathspey / Reel of Tulloch reel
  4. Belle Stewart: Loch Dhui (Roud 5121)
  5. Cathie Stewart: The Dawning of the Day (Roud 370; Laws P16; G/D 7:1312)
  6. Sheila Stewart: Donald’s Return to Glencoe (Roud 515; Laws N39; G/D 5:1044; Henry H655)

All tracks trad. except
Track 5 George Bruce Thomson

Review

This review is from: D.K. Wilgus, Scots and Irish Tradition, The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 85, No. 337 (Jul.-Sep. 1972), pp. 292-296:

Performances from the rich tradition of the Stewart clan of “travellers” continue to be available. The Travelling Stewarts (Topic I2TI79) records no less than twelve of the extended family. Jeannie Robertson's Willie's Fatal Visit (Child 255) raises again the problem of the role of Peter Buchan in Aberdeenshire tradition; at any rate this version is more than a copy of the Buchan text. Maggie McPhee contributes a fine traditional version of MacPherson's Farewell. (Since my study of 1965, more information concerning the “hanged fiddler” tradition has come to light, including greater possibility of previous Irish connections and its occurrence in Hungary possibly as early as the thirteenth century.) Cathie Stewart's The Dawning of the Day is not Laws P16, at least if one makes a tight differentiation. There are at least seven narrative textual types in English of The Dawning of the Day, of which Laws P16 is Type V (in which the girl is seduced), while Cathie Stewart sings Type II, one of three closely related forms in which the wooer is rejected. Type I has only a courtship scene, and Types VI and VII culminate in successful courtship and marriage. But all the types are genetically related. Bogie's Bonnie Belle is justly a tinker favorage, while Donald's Return to Glencoe (Laws N39) is a well-known returned-disguised-lover form. There are, of course, a number of fine pipe tunes by Alec Stewart and Donald and Isaac Higgins.

Aisnia Cswica's review is from Gramophone, December 1968:

Back of Benachie (Topic 12T180) is a generous sample of the living tradition, with Sheila Stewart's Mill o’ Tiffy’s Annie, Belle Stewart's Bonnie House o' Airlie, and Maggie MacPhee's Back o' Benachie. Sheila Stewart and her mother, like Lizzie Higgins and her mother Jeannie Robertson, span two generations, and show what has been lost further south in strength and renewal of singing. The same point is amply illustrated on The Travelling Stewarts, a companion record (Topic 12T179), with their singing, their husband's piping and the first Topic recording of Christina Stewart, Davie Stewart, and his daughter Jane. The other meaning of a living tradition—the spontaneous renewal of the songs as well as the singers—is brought out in Festival at Blairgowrie (Topic 12T181), where Belle Stewart sings both the Berryfields o' Blair, which she wrote forty years ago, and her 1966 parody of it; while the indefatigable Mary Brooksbank, having composed one of the shortest and clearest of radical statements in her Jute Mill Song (“Oh dear me, the world's ill divided/ Them that work the hardest are the least provided”), returns at the age of 70 to sing it movingly. This record is also notable for the singing of John “Hoddan” Macdonald of Lewis.

> Folk Music > Records > Belle Stewart: Queen Among the Heather

Belle Stewart: Queen Among the Heather

Belle Stewart: Queen Among the Heather (Topic 12TS307)

Queen Among the Heather
Scots Traditional Songs and Ballads
Belle Stewart (1906-1997)

Topic Records 12TS307 (LP, UK, 1977)
Greentrax Recordings CDTRAX 9055 (CD, UK, 1998)
Topic Records TSDL307 (digital download, UK, March 2010)

Belle Stewart: Queen Among the Heather (Greentrax CDTRAX 9055)
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Recorded by Fred Kent in Blairgowrie, Perthshire in May 1976;
Produced by Tony Engle;
Sleeve notes by Geordie McIntyre;
Front sleeve photograph by D. Wilson Laing;
Back sleeve photograph by Mike Yates;
Sleeve design by Tony Engle

Musicians

Belle Stewart, vocals

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Queen Amang the Heather (Roud 375; G/D 5:962; Henry H177) (3.45)
  2. Here's a Health to All True Lovers (Roud 1235) (3.34)
  3. Betsy Bell (Roud 5211) (3.33)
  4. The Berryfields of Blair (Roud 2154) (2.30)
  5. The Soft Country Chiel (The Toon o' Dalry) (Roud 5205) (2.50)
  6. Whistlin' at the Ploo' (Roud 5210) (2.20)
  7. The Bonnie Wee Lassie frae Gourock (Roud 5212) (3.15)
  1. The Overgate (Roud 866) (3.15)
  2. Blooming Caroline o' Edinburgh Toon (Roud 398; Laws P27; G/D 6:1151; Henry H148) (3.00)
  3. Busk, Busk, Bonnie Lassie (Bonny Glenshee) (Roud 832; G/D 5:1053) (2.00)
  4. Late Last Night (Roud 567; Laws P31; G/D 6:1199; Henry H60ab) (3.23)
  5. The Twa Brothers (Roud 38; Child 49) (4.22)
  6. Leezie Lindsay (Roud 94; Child 226; G/D 4:854) (2.17)

All tracks trad. except
Tracks 4, 6 Belle Stewart

> Folk Music > Records > Belle, Sheila and Cathy Stewart: The Stewarts of Blair

The Stewarts of Blair

The Stewart Family: The Stewarts of Blair (Lismor LIFL 7010)

The Stewarts of Blair
Belle, Sheila and Cathy Stewart

Lismor LIFL 7010 (LP, UK, 1985)

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Produced by Bob McDowall at Alyth High School, courtesy of Mr MacGregor (Headmaster);
Sleeve notes by Maurice Fleming;
Portrait by John Gahagan D.A.;
Graphics Donnie George

Musicians

Belle Stewart (1906-1997), vocals [1, 3, 6-7, 9, 12-13, 16-17];
Sheila Stewart (1935-2014), vocals [1, 4, 6, 8-9, 11, 13-14, 16];
Cathie Stewart (1927-), vocals [2, 5-6, 9-10, 13, 15-16]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [Belle, Sheila, Cathie] Come A' You Jolly Ploo'men (Roud 6855) (2.23)
  2. [Cathie] The Lakes of Shillin (Roud 189; Laws Q33; G/D 2:228; Henry H176) (2.50)
  3. [Belle] The Bonnie Hoose o' Airlie (Roud 794; Child 199; G/D 2:233) (3.18)
  4. [Sheila] The Moving-On Song (Roud 6852) (2.13)
  5. [Cathie] A Nobleman Lived in a Mansion (Roud 2533) (1.55)
  6. [Belle, Sheila, Cathie] Jock Stewart (Roud 975) (3.32)
  7. [Belle] Inverness-Shire (Roud 6856) (2.15)
  8. [Sheila] The Banks of the Lee (Roud 6857) (3.24)
  1. [Belle, Sheila, Cathie] Betsy Bell (Roud 5211) (3.23)
  2. [Cathie] The Dawning of the Day (Roud 370; Laws P16; G/D 7:1312) (2.05)
  3. [Sheila] My Dog and Gun (Roud 2124; Henry H32) (3.21)
  4. [Belle] The Berryfields of Blair (Roud 2154) (2.24)
  5. [Belle, Sheila, Cathie] I'm No' Coming Oot the Noo (Roud 5298) (2.26)
  6. [Sheila] Mickey's Warning (Roud 6333) (1.29)
  7. [Cathie] Hattan Woods (Roud 5531) (3.03)
  8. [Belle, Sheila, Cathie] The Parting Song (Roud 1801; G/D 8:1516) (2.26)
  9. [Belle] Canntaireachd: The Renfrewshire Militia march / The Ten Penny Bit reel (1.17)

All tracks trad. arr. the Stewarts except
Track 4 Ewan MacColl;
Track 12 Belle Stewart

> Folk Music > Records > Sheila Stewart: From the Heart of the Tradition

Sheila Stewart: From the Heart of the Tradition

Sheila Stewart: From the Heart of the Tradition (Topic TSCD515)

From the Heart of the Tradition
Sheila Stewart (1935-2014)

Topic Records TSCD515 (CD, UK, 2000)

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Recorded by Doc Rowe in Blairgowrie, Perthshire on October 15, 1998;
Produced by Tony Engle and Doc Rowe;
Mastered by: Tony Dixon at Reflex Audio;
Sleeve notes by Doc Rowe;
Sleeve design by The Art Surgery

Musicians

Sheila Stewart, vocals

Tracks

  1. Queen Amang the Heather (Roud 375; G/D 5:962; Henry H177) (4.38)
  2. Twa Brothers (Roud 38; Child 49) (4.25)
  3. False, False (Roud 8276) (1.43)
  4. Hatton Woods (Roud 5531) (3.05)
  5. Glencoe (Roud 515; Laws N39; G/D 5:1044; Henry H655) (4.47)
  6. Bogie's Bonnie Belle (Roud 2155; G/D 7:1396) (2.49)
  7. Mill o' Tifty's Annie (Roud 98; Child 233; G/D 5:1018) (4.49)
  8. Wi' My Dog and Gun (Roud 2124; Henry H32) (3.24)
  9. Blackwaterside (Roud 6319) (4.16)
  10. Mantle So Green (Roud 714; Laws N38; G/D 5:1033; Henry H76) (4.02)
  11. Blue Blazin' Blind Drunk (Roud 6333) (1.25)
  12. Willie Leonard (Roud 189; Laws Q33; G/D 2:228; Henry H176) (3.03)
  13. Echo Mocks the Corncrake (Roud 2736; G/D 5:945; Henry H18b) (1.59)
  14. The Moving-On Song (Roud 6852) (1.59)
  15. The Oxford Tragedy (Roud 218; Laws P30; G/D 2:210) (3.56)
  16. Inverness-Shire (Roud 6856) (2.22)
  17. The Convict's Song (Roud 5122) (2.21)
  18. A Health to All True Lovers (Roud 1235) (3.38)
  19. The Nobleman's Wedding (Roud 567; Laws P31; G/D 6:1199; Henry H60ab) (3.37)
  20. The Parting Glass (Roud 1801; G/D 8:1516) (3.00)

> Folk Music > Records > Sheila Stewart: … And Time Goes On …

Sheila Stewart: … And Time Goes On …

Sheila Stewart: … And Time Goes On … (Offspring OFFCD00101)

… And Time Goes On …
Songs and Stories
Sheila Stewart (1935-2014)

Offspring Records OFFCD00101 (CD, UK, 2000)

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Recording and notes by Doc Rowe in Blairgowrie, 1999;
Digitally remastered at Oisin Studios January 2000;
Cover photo by Vivienne Bloomfield

Musicians

Sheila Stewart, vocals

Tracks

  1. The Parrot story (8.37)
  2. Rosie (1.47)
  3. The Wooden Ball story (8.16)
  4. The Three Wishes story (4.12)
  5. Betsy Bell (Roud 5211) (3.37)
  6. Cod Liver Oil (2.00)
  7. The Trampman story (9.11)
  8. Jock Stewart (Roud 975) (3.14)
  9. Native American origin story (4.16)
  10. Never Wed an Auld Man (Roud 210) (2.52)
  11. Appley and Orangey story (12.49)

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Other records with the Stewart Family

Various Artists, Folksongs & Music from the Berryfields of Blair, LP, Prestige INT 25016, 196x

Various Artists, Heather and Glen: Folk Songs and Music from Aberdeenshire and the Hebrides, LP, Tradition TLP 1047, 1961

Various Artists, A Prospect of Scotland (Topic Sampler No 5), LP, Topic TPS169, 1966

Various Artists, Back o' Benachie: Songs and Ballads from the Lowland East of Scotland, LP, Topic 12T180, 1968

Various Artists, Festival at Blairgowrie, LP, Topic 12T181, 1967

Various Artists, The Child Ballads 1 (The Folk Songs of Britain Vol. 4), LP, Caedmon TC1145, 1961; Topic 12T160, 1968; CD, Rounder 1775, 2000

Various Artists, The Child Ballads 2 (The Folk Songs of Britain Vol. 5), LP, Caedmon TC1146, 1961; Topic 12T161, 1968; CD, Rounder 1776, 2000

Various Artists, The Travelling People (Radio Ballad No 8), LP, Argo DA 133, 1968

Various Artists, Songs of Animals and Other Marvels (The Folk Songs of Britain Vol. 10), LP, Caedmon TC1225, 1961; Topic 12T198, 1970

Various Artists, Songs of the Travelling People: Music of the Tinkers, Gipsies and Other Travelling People of England, Scotland and Ireland, CD, Saydisc CD-SDL 407, 1994

Various Artists, Folk Songs of North-East Scotland, CD, Greentrax CDTRAX 5003, 1995

Various Artists, Ancient Celtic Roots, CD, Topic TSCD704, 1996

Various Artists, Come Let Us Buy the Licence (The Voice of the People Vol. 1), CD, Topic TSCD651, 1998

Various Artists, O'er His Grave the Grass Grew Green (The Voice of the People Vol. 3), CD, Topic TSCD653, 1998

Various Artists, Come All My Lads That Follow the Plough (The Voice of the People Vol. 5), CD, Topic TSCD655, 1998

Various Artists, Tonight I'll Make You My Bride (The Voice of the People Vol. 6), CD, Topic TSCD656, 1998

Various Artists, A Story I'm Just About to Tell (The Voice of the People Vol. 8), CD, Topic TSCD658, 1998

Various Artists, Who's That at My Bed Window? (The Voice of the People Vol. 10), CD, Topic TSCD660, 1998

Various Artists, They Ordered Their Pints of Beer and Bottles of Sherry (The Voice of the People Vol. 13), CD, Topic TSCD663, 1998

Various Artists, As Me and My Love Sat Courting (The Voice of the People Vol. 15), CD, Topic TSCD665, 1998

Various Artists, There Is a Man Upon the Farm (The Voice of the People Vol. 20), CD, Topic TSCD670, 1998

Various Artists, The Travelling People (Radio Ballad No 8), CD, Topic TSCS808, 1999

Various Artists, The Blair Tapes, CD, Ericht Trust ETCD01, 2000

Various Artists, Scots Women: Live from Celtic Connections 2001, 2 CD, Greentrax CDTRAX 213D, 2002

Various Artists, Scottish Women: Scotland's Queens of Songs Recorded Live on Tour 2002, CD, Greentrax CDTRAX 261, 2004

Various Artists, Here's a Health to the Company (Old Songs & Bothy Ballads Volume 1), CD, Autumn Harvest AH 002, 2005

Various Artists, For Friendship and for Harmony (Old Songs & Bothy Ballads Volume 2), CD, Autumn Harvest AH 003, 2006

Various Artists, Traveller's Joy: Songs of English and Scottish Travellers and Gypsies 1965-2005, book w/ CD, EFDSS, 2006

Various Artists, Three Score and Ten: 70 Years of Topic Records, 7 CD, Topic TOPIC70, 2009

Various Artists, Hurrah Boys Hurrah! (Old Songs & Bothy Ballads Vol. 7), CD, Autumn Harvest AH 010, 2011

Various Artists, Songs and Ballads from Perthshire Field Recordings of the 1950s (Scottish Tradition 24), CD, Greentrax CDTRAX 9024, 2011