Sunday, January 31, 2021

"An Irish boy he may well be, But he spoke Braid Scots when he coorted me"

He was geographically Irish, and linguistically Scots. It's probably a fictional tale but the boy was most likely from Ulster. These are the ties that connect across our narrow sea. This song is from Galloway in south west Scotland, and is sung here by Robyn Stapleton, Claire Hastings, Emily Smith and Hannah Rarity for the BBC in January 2020.

• Here is an article by Valentina Bold about the song's origins.