Jean Redpath - Laddie Lie Near Me (LP) - VG/VG+

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Artist: Jean Redpath
Album: Laddie Lie Near Me
Released: US, 1964


A1Tha Mi Sigith (The Fairy Love Song)1:33
A2The Crookit Bawbee2:49
A3Laddie Lie Near Me2:04
A4Johnnie Cope3:08
A5Lassie Wi' The Yellow Coatie2:57
A6Ca' The Yowes3:12
A7Dainty Davy2:41
A8Gin I Were A Baron's Heir2:23
B1The Quiet Land Of Erin3:25
B2Rothesay Bay2:48
B3Dream Angus2:46
B4Johnnie Lad2:09
B5Robin Adair3:55
B6Sleeps The Noon In The Deep Bue Sky2:31
B7Ploughboy, O1:46
B8O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast2:17

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Jean Redpath's "Laddie Lie Near Me" is a luminous testament to the haunting beauty of Scottish folk music. Redpath, renowned for her unparalleled ability to breathe life into traditional ballads, offers listeners a journey into the rich and poignant world of Scottish lore. With her crisp, clear voice and impeccable diction, she brings to the forefront the emotive tales woven into each song.

The title track, "Laddie Lie Near Me," is a tender love ballad that exemplifies Redpath's ability to convey deep emotion with a restrained yet evocative vocal delivery. The gentle cadence of her voice, combined with the sparse instrumentation, allows the lyrics to shine, painting a vivid picture of love, longing, and the Scottish landscape.

Throughout the album, Redpath delves into a myriad of themes inherent to Scottish folk tradition. Songs of love and loss, tales of battles and heroes, and odes to the breathtaking Scottish highlands and lochs are presented with authenticity and reverence. Her rendition of "Bonnie Dundee" is particularly stirring, capturing the spirit of pride and resilience that defines Scottish history.

Instrumentally, "Laddie Lie Near Me" is beautifully understated. The arrangements, often consisting of just a guitar or a fiddle, complement Redpath's vocals perfectly. This minimalistic approach ensures that the focus remains on the stories being told, allowing listeners to immerse themselves fully in the narratives. Yet, when the occasion calls for it, as in tracks like "The Rowan Tree," the instrumentation swells, adding layers of depth and richness to the song.

What's particularly commendable about this album is Redpath's commitment to authenticity. She stays true to the original melodies and rhythms of the ballads, ensuring that their historical and cultural significance is preserved. Her meticulous research and understanding of Scottish folk tradition shine through, making the album not just a musical experience but also a historical and cultural journey.

However, for listeners unfamiliar with Scottish folk music or the dialects in which many songs are sung, there might be moments of disconnect. It might require multiple listens and perhaps some background reading to fully grasp the nuances and contexts of certain tracks.

In conclusion, "Laddie Lie Near Me" is a masterclass in Scottish folk music. Jean Redpath, with her evocative voice and deep respect for tradition, crafts an album that stands as a beacon for those looking to explore the rich tapestry of Scottish ballads. It's an intimate, moving, and educational experience that resonates long after the final note has faded.