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This traditional Scottish song in jig time, which first appeared in publication in 1788, was popularised by the singing of Johnny Moynihan of the 1960s folk group Sweeney’s Men. The final verse was contributed by the well known Scots poet Rabbie Burns.


Oh rattlin' roarin' Willie, oh he hied to the fair
For to sell his fiddle and buy some other ware,
But parting with his fiddle a salt tear blin’t his e'ee—
Rattlin' roarin' Willie you’re welcome hame to me!

“O Willie, come sell your fiddle, and sell your fiddle so fine;
O Willie, come sell your fiddle and buy a pint o' wine!”
“If I should sell my fiddle the world would think I was mad;
For many's a rantin' day that my fiddle and I have had.”

As I came by Crochallan I cannily keekit ben
Rattlin' roarin' Willie was sitting at yon boord-en'
Sitting at yon boord-en' and among good company
Rattlin' roarin' Willie you’re welcome hame to me.


from The Trip We Took Over The Mountain, released November 30, 2020


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Rowan Piggott Sheffield, UK

Rowan is a fiddle-singer, writer and tunesmith who grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland, surrounded by traditional music. The author of two successful tunebooks, he has also written articles for The Living Tradition magazine and led fiddle workshops at festivals all over the country. In 2016, he won the Future of Young Folk Award at Bromyard Folk Festival. ... more

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