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Mc Pherson's farewell

from Robert Burns the new songs album 5 by eddie cairney

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Mc Pherson's farewell
The death penalty for murder in Britain was abolished on this day in 1969. That change in the law came centuries too late for the miscreant condemned to swing from, 'yonder gallows tree' in today's selection. Jamie McPherson was executed on November 16th, 1700. As the noose was placed around his neck he played on his fiddle, the tune to which Burns's words are set. The prisoner offered to bequeath the much prized instrument to any bystander who could repeat the melody. Since none could, the outlaw smashed the violin and went, complaining bitterly of treachery to his death.

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from Robert Burns the new songs album 5, track released August 21, 2021

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eddie cairney Scotland, UK

Eddie Cairney is one of the country's most prolific songwriters and Scotland's best kept songwriting secret with 58 albums to date and another 100 plus in the pipeline. He has written new music to almost all of Robert Burns works totalling 892 new songs. He writes in a great many genres, from folk to orchestral. He is also one of Scotland's most accomplished rock/blues piano players. ... more

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