Note: Ewan McVicar: "The song was written for and sung at the John MacLean Memorial Meeting in St. Andrew's Hall in Glasgow, 1948, and we employ Hamish’s own orthography here. The tune is in fact a 'piper’s version' of an old tune, sung as 'Bonny Glenshee,' that was further adapted for Cliff Hanley’s 'Scotland the Brave,' and for Henderson’s own alternative Scottish national anthem, 'The Freedom-Come-All-Ye,' written in 1960 for the Scottish CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) peace marchers. Both the 'John MacLean March' and the 'Freedom-Come-All-Ye' became very popular with Scottish singers in the 1970s. Henderson cuts off to omit his last verse. This song, 'Scots Wha Hae,' 'Erin Go Bragh,' and the Jacobite songs were the only songs with an explicit political dimension sung in the evening. John MacLean was the great hero of Scottish socialism, 'martyred' for his opposition to World War I, a fiery orator, writer, and organizer." From "1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh" CD, Rounder 2006.
About the session: Recordings from the first People's Festival Ceilidh, part of the 1951 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Ballads and songs sung by Jimmy MacBeath, John Strachan, Jessie Murray, and Blanche Wood; Gaelic pieces by Calum Johnson and Flora MacNeil; piping by John Burgess; MC'd by Hamish Henderson.
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