The Banff and Buchan Collection

Barbara-Ann Burnett, Mitchell Burnett and Helen Burnett, Tyrie, 13/03/1994

Mary Keenan, Tifty, 14/03/1994

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NEFA 1994.024.01    Transcription
P: Helen and Mitchell Burnett
T: Discussion of local dialect and how it is changing with incomers.
S: Incomers change the language, though some, e.g. German children after the war, pick up the local dialect very quickly.

NEFA 1994.024.02    Transcription
P: Barbara-Ann Burnett
T: Neeps tae Pluck
FL: Twis on a Martinmas market day, the snow lay on the ground
S: Solo singing of music hall song
. Discussion of where BAB got the song; she heard it from Robbie Shepherd. When competing last year, the boy who won sang this song. [Track no. late.]

NEFA 1994.024.03    Transcription     P: Barbara-Ann Burnett
T: Competitions
S: Gets nervous for competitions. They were nervous for Gordon Easton when he sang at the Elgin bothy championships.

NEFA 1994.024.04    Transcription
P: Barbara-Ann, Mitchell and Helen Burnett
T: Starting to sing
S: Began to sing at about twelve years old. She has sung Scottish and other material before, but only recently started to sing the bothy material. She was in a play about farm life. She has done school musicals as well. Plans to learn Mcfarnlane o the Sprotts soon. She always used to listen to the older singers on Robbie Shepherd's lunchtime programmes. They used to be a source of information. Mitchell wonders how much the younger singers understand of the songs' dialect. Sometimes the songs are printed in English (e.g. hold on, rather than haud on) when they could be done correctly. Charlie Allan had a good observation about the difference in spoken language between a pun (weight) and poun (money). Mitchell mentions several local farm/place names. Mitchell remembers hearing the Candlmas rhyme. Such things nearly died out by the time Mitchell was coming up. When you are older, you get more interested in these things.

NEFA 1994.024.05    Transcription
P: Barbara-Ann Burnett
T: Learning new songs
S: It is hard to get sheet music for songs now.

NEFA 1994.024.06    Transcription
P: Barbara-Ann Burnett
T: Fitlike Folk
Fitlike folk in yon braid Buchan land
S: J. C. Milne[?].

NEFA 1994.024.07    Transcription
P: Mitchell Burnett
T: Useless as a horseman
S: He could never get a horse to go straight.

NEFA 1994.024.08    Transcription
P: Barbara-Ann and Mitchell Burnett
T: Local poets
S: BAB concentrates on songs right now, but has read some poetry, like J. C. Milne.

NEFA 1994.024.09
Barbara-Ann and Helen Burnett
T: Local dialect
S: They have all heard many dialect words that are not used so much any more. [End of side A.]

NEFA 1994.024.10    Transcription
P: Barbara-Ann Burnett
T: Better Deid
FL: O a' my friens noo awa
S: J. C. Milne poem followed by thanks.

NEFA 1994.024.11    Transcription
P: Tom McKean and Mitchell Burnett
T: Tradition from memory
S: Most older folk recite/sing things from memory.

NEFA 1994.024.12    Transcription
P: Barbara-Ann Burnett
T: Men, Men, Horrible Men
S: Song from school musical, Annie Get Your Gun. [Some coughing in background.]

NEFA 1994.024.13    Transcription
P: Barbara-Ann Burnett
T: The Black Hills of Dakota
FL: Take me back to the Black Hills, the Black Hills of Dakota
S: Song from school musical, Annie Get Your Gun.

NEFA 1994.024.14    Transcription
P: Mary Keenan  D: 14/03/1994
T: Announcement

NEFA 1994.024.15    Transcription
P: Mary Keenan
T: Story behind her song Sellin Up
S: Seeing so many farms being turned to rich horse owners, after the backbreaking work of the clearing it in the first place, inspired the song. After all the work the land has become a playground. MK saw Frieda Morrison's programme, Troubled Fields, which tells the story of changing land use, and incoming populations.

NEFA 1994.024.16    Transcription
P: Mary Keenan
T: Beginning to compose Sellin Up
S: Began with words, which is not the way she usually does it. Then she composed a pentatonic melody which sounded North Eastern. It is not a four square tune. She built it up bit by bit and then put it all on the computer. Instrumental stuff is often done on the computer, after working out harmonies on the piano.

NEFA 1994.024.17    Transcription
P: Mary Keenan
T: Starting with melodies
S: Mostly starts with melodies, and sometimes deliberately decides to write a song. Sellin Up was written in a 'traditional' style without being too pedantic about it. She has written a number of traditional type songs, e.g. Chris's Song, about Chris Guthrie in Sunset Song. This was sung at the opening of the Lewis Grassic Gibbon Centre. She has also set Ken Morrice poem to music.

NEFA 1994.024.18    Transcription
P: Mary Keenan
T: Starting to compose
S: Began composing in university. Finds it hard to compose unless she is on her own. When off work for a while, she began to compose quite a lot of songs (better with a temperature!). Loathes housework. Sometimes composition is deliberate, choosing the feel of the tune before you begin. Writes in many styles.

NEFA 1994.024.19    Transcription
P: Mary Keenan
T: How she composed Tifty's Annie
S: Walking around Tifty, she gets inspired by the place and the song. The farm went to rack and ruin, two people have committed suicide there; there is an atmosphere about the place. MK has always been really happy in Tifty.

NEFA 1994.024.20    Transcription
P: Mary Keenan
T: How they moved to Tifty
S: They moved to Tifty as hippie types to fix up a house. They got theirs for £2000, but it was gutted inside.

NEFA 1994.024.21    Transcription
P: Mary Keenan
T: Mary's background
S: Born in 1952 in Ullapool, her father was the minister, then they moved to Fochabers. MK's mother's people were from Skye and Aberdeen. They lived on the west coast. Neither of her parents admit to being musical, but they both sing very well. Her siblings also play and sing some. They all like music.

NEFA 1994.024.22    Transcription
P: Mary Keenan
T: No future in selling songs
S: It is very hard to sell songs and music so she has no outlet for her material. It would be great to see MK's suite Tifty's Annie used in local drama groups.


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