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Playlist of Silly Wizard

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  • Silly Wizard: Donald McGillavry-ONeills Cavalry March

    4:07

    Donald McGillavry-O'Neill's Cavalry March from the album So Many Partings by Silly Wizard

    Lyrics:

    Donald's gane up the hill hard and hungry,
    Donald comes down the hill wild and angry;
    Donald will clear the gouk's nest cleverly,
    Here's to the king and Donald Macgillavry.
    Come like a weighbauk, Donald Macgillavry,
    Come like a weighbauk, Donald Macgillavry,
    Balance them fair, and balance them cleverly:
    Off wi'the counterfeit, Donald Macgillavry.

    Donald's run o'er the hill but his tether, man,
    As he were wud, or stang'd wi' an ether, man;
    When he comes back, there's some will look merrily:
    Here's to King James and Donald Macgillavry.
    Come like a weaver, Donald Macgillavry,
    Come like a weaver, Donald Macgillavry,
    Pack on your back, and elwand sae cleverly;
    Gie them full measure, my Donald Macgillavry.

    Donald has foughten wi' rief and roguery;
    Donald has dinner'd wi banes and beggary,
    Better it were for Whigs and Whiggery
    Meeting the devil than Donald Macgillavry.
    Come like a tailor, Donald Macgillavry,
    Come like a tailor, Donald Macgillavry,
    Push about, in and out, thimble them cleverly,
    Here's to King James and Donald Macgillavry.

    Donald's the callan that brooks nae tangleness;
    Whigging and prigging and a'newfangleness,
    They maun be gane: he winna be baukit, man:
    He maun hae justice, or faith he'll tak it, man.
    Come like a cobler, Donald Macgillavry,
    Come like a cobler, Donald Macgillavry;
    Beat them, and bore them, and lingel them cleverly,
    Up wi' King James and Donald Macgillavry.

    Donald was mumpit wi mirds and mockery;
    Donald was blinded wi' blads o' property;
    Arles ran high, but makings were naething, man,
    Lord, how Donald is flyting and fretting, man.
    Come like the devil, Donald Macgillavry,
    Come like the devil, Donald Macgillavry;
    Skelp them and scaud them that proved sae unbritherly,
    Up wi King James and Donald Macgillavry!

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  • Silly Wizard: The Queen of Argyll

    3:30

    A mighty song, from the great Scots band Silly Wizard.

    Andy M. Stewart: lead vocals, tenor banjo
    Phil Cunningham: accordian, synthesizers, piano, tin whistle, vocals
    Johnny Cunningham: fiddle
    Gordon Jones: guitar

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  • Silly Wizard - 3 reels circa 1982

    2:02

    Silly Wizard play 3 reels : The Galtee Reel / Farewell To Milltown/ A.B. Corsie ( The Lad From Orkney ).
    The first is traditional, Irish.
    The 2nd was composed by Co.Clare fiddler Junior Crehan, not Bobby Casey. It seems the lads got their Co. Clare fiddlers mixed up in attributing this tune.
    The last was composed by Phil Cunningham.

  • Silly Wizard - If I Was A Blackbird

    7:40

    I am a young sailor, my story is sad,
    Though once I was carefree and a brave sailor lad,
    I courted a lassie by night and by day,
    Oh but now she has left me, and sailed far away.

    Oh, if I was a blackbird could whistle and sing,
    I'd follow the vessel my true love sails in,
    And in the top riggin' I would there build my nest,
    And I'd flutter my wings o'er her lilly white breast.

    Or if I was a scholar and could handle the pen
    Once secret love letter to my true love I'd send
    And tell of my sorrow, my grief and my pain
    Since she's gone and left me in yon flowery glen.

    Oh, if I was a blackbird could whistle and sing,
    I'd follow the vessel my true love sails in,
    And in the top riggin' I would there build my nest,
    And I'd flutter my wings o'er her lilly white breast.

    I sailed o'er the ocean, my fortune to seek
    Though I missed her caress and her kiss on my cheek
    I returned and I told her my love was still warm
    But she turned away lightly and great was her scorn.

    Oh, if I was a blackbird could whistle and sing,
    I'd follow the vessel my true love sails in,
    And in the top riggin' I would there build my nest,
    And I'd flutter my wings o'er her lilly white breast.

    I offered to take her to Donnybrook Fair
    And to buy her fine ribbons to tie up her hair
    I offered to marry and to stay by her side
    But she says in the morning she sails with the tide.

    Oh, if I was a blackbird could whistle and sing,
    I'd follow the vessel my true love sails in,
    And in the top riggin' I would there build my nest,
    And I'd flutter my wings o'er her lilly white breast.

    My parents, they chide me, oh they will not agree
    Saying that me and my false love, married should never be
    Oh let them deprive me, or let them do what they will
    While there's breath in my body she's the one I love still.

    Oh, if I was a blackbird could whistle and sing,
    I'd follow the vessel my true love sails in,
    And in the top riggin' I would there build my nest,
    And I'd flutter my wings o'er her lilly white breast.

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  • Silly Wizzard - The Secret Portrait, Whall Be King But Cherlie

    6:20

    2:a spåret från Silly Wizzard's A Glint Of Silver 1987

  • hame, hame, hame- Tha Me Sgith --- by Silly Wizard

    6:49

    from the album wild and beautiful by Silly Wizard. The end actually is also the beginnig of the next song (Tha Mi Sgith (Strathspey) -Eck Stewart's March-MacKenzie's Fancy) thats the reason why it is cut off.

    Lyrics:

    Hame, Hame, Hame,
    Hame wad I be.
    Hame, Hame, Hame,
    In my ain country

    Where the birk and the pine
    and the bonny rowan tree
    They are all bloomin' fair,
    In my ain country

    Hame, hame, hame,
    Hame wad I be,
    Hame, hame, hame
    In my ain country

    Where the wild deer run
    through the glen I'll never see
    Where my heart will lie to mend
    In my ain country

    Hame, hame, hame,
    Hame wad I be,
    Hame, hame, hame
    In my ain country

    Where the glint thru the mark
    aye tells tae me
    it'll shine upon them yet
    In my ain country

    Hame, hame, hame,
    Hame wad I be,
    Hame, hame, hame
    In my ain country

    Where the birk and the pine
    and the bonny rowan tree
    They are all bloomin' fair,
    In my ain country

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  • Silly Wizard - The Secret Portrait/Whall Be King But Cherlie?

    6:20

    Track #2 from from Silly Wizard's sixth and final studio album, A Glint of Silver (1986), now sadly out of print. An original jig by Phil Cunningham, coupled with an old Jacobite rallying song.

    #SillyWizard #AGlintOfSilver #GreenLinnetRecords

  • Silly Wizard - The Loch Tay Boat Song

    5:04

    Silly Wizard - Kiss the Tears away - 09 The Loch Tay Boat Song

    Lyrics:

    When I've done the work o day,
    And I row my boat away,
    Down the waters o Loch Tay,
    When the evening light is fallin',
    And I look towards Ben lawyers,
    Where the after glory glow,
    And I dream on two Bright eyes,
    With a merry mouth below,
    Shes my beauteous nigh-ean ruadh,
    Shes my joy and sorrow too,
    And although she is untrue,
    Well I cannot live without her,
    For my hearts a boat in tow,
    And Id give the world to know,
    If she means to let me go,
    As I sing hee-re, ho-ro

    Nighean ruadh your lovely hair,
    Has more beauty I declare,
    Than all the trasses fair,
    From Killin and Aberfeldy,
    Be they lint white, Brown or gold,
    Be they blacker than the sloe,

    They mean not as much to me,
    Than the melting flake of snow,
    Her dance is like the gleam,
    O the sunlight on the stream,
    And the song the wee folks sing,
    Oh, they're the songs she sings at milking,
    But my heart is full of woe,
    For last night she bade me go,
    And the tears begin to flow,
    As I sing Hee-ree,Ho-ro

  • Silly Wizard - Fear a Bhata

    4:39

    Fir/Fear/Fhear is man in Gaelic, Bhata is Boat, directly translated means like man of boats

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  • Silly Wizard - Wild & Beautiful

    43:00

    Wild & Beautiful is an album published in 1981 by Silly Wizard.

    - Tracklist with timecodes :
    If I Was A Blackbird (0:00)
    Pipe Major Donald Campbell / The Orphan / The Kestrel / Come Up Alang (7:33)
    The Pearl (11:44)
    The Fishermen’s Song / Lament for the Fishermen’s Wife (15:40)
    Hame, Hame, Hame / Tha Mi Sgith (24:11)
    Tha Mi Sgith / Eck Stewart’s March / Mackenzie’s Fancy (31:00)
    Miss Patricia Meagher / Laura Lynn Cunningham (35:25)
    A.B. Corsie (The Lad From Orkney) / Ril Bheara / Richard Dwyer’s (38:25)

    - Credits :
    Phil Cunningham - Accordion, whistle, synthesizer, string synthesizer, harmonium, vocals
    Johnny Cunningham - Fiddle, viola, bouzouki, mandolin, mandola, vocals
    Martin Hadden - Bass, harmonium, vocals
    Gordon Jones - Guitar, bodhran, bouzouki, mandola, vocals
    Andy M. Stewart - Vocals, tenor banjo, mandolin, mandola
    Bob Thomas - Guitar, mandola

  • The Queen of Argyll

    3:29

    Provided to YouTube by Ingrooves

    The Queen of Argyll · Silly Wizard

    Kiss The Tears Away

    ℗ 2006 Shanachie

    Released on: 1983-01-01

    Writer: Silly Wizard

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Silly Wizard - Caledonias Hardy Sons

    41:03

    Caledonia's Hardy Sons is an album published in 1978 by Silly Wizard.

    - Tracklist with timecodes :
    Mo Chuachag Laghach (My Kindly Sweetheart) (0:00)
    The Isla Waters (2:26)
    The Twa Brithers (6:17)
    The Auld Pipe Reel/The Brolum (12:33)
    Glasgow Peggy (16:11)
    Monymusk Lads (19:33)
    The Ferryland Sealer (23:05)
    Fhear A Bhata (The Boatman) (26:30)
    Jack Cunningham's Farewell to Benbecula/Sweet Molly (31:09)
    Broom O' the Cowdenknowes (35:42)

    - Credits :
    Phil Cunningham - Accordion, whistle, synthesizer, string synthesizer, harmonium, vocals
    Johnny Cunningham - Fiddle, viola, bouzouki, mandolin, mandola, vocals
    Martin Hadden - Bass, harmonium, vocals
    Gordon Jones - Guitar, bodhran, bouzouki, mandola, vocals
    Andy M. Stewart - Vocals, tenor banjo, mandolin, mandola
    Bob Thomas - Guitar, mandola

  • Silly Wizard Live - Donald McGillavry

    3:39

    Andy M. Stewart of Silly Wizard passed away on December 27, 2015, after a long period of illness. His sister Angie posted this message on the YouCaring fundraiser page: It is with deep and profound sadness that I must say that my darling brother, Andy M Stewart has passed away. He died peacefully in hospital on 27th December after a long and brave fight.

    The family thank everyone who has supported this fundraiser and for your outpouring of love and care. Your support has meant the world to us.

    Andy was was in his own words, 'astonished' and I know, deeply touched by the many expressions of love penned to this page.

    We we thank you all.

    Yours with gratitude, love thanks

    Angie Stewart Hollin

    Rest in peace, Andy, and thank you for your music.



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    Lyrics * as sung here* are at the end of this description. This was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia on April 1, 1988.

    Donald McGillavry was a fictional character created by James Hogg. In a footnote to The London Literary Gazette's review dated November 11, 1820 of The Jacobite Relics of Scotland by James Hogg, where the song was first published, the Gazette stated: Donald Macgillavry is here put for the Highland Clans generally. Gareth Davis wrote a comprehensive history of this song for Radio De Danann which can be found here:

    Silly Wizard members in this clip:

    Andy M. Stewart: lead vocals, tenor banjo, whistle
    Phil Cunningham: accordion, piano, synthesizers, whistle, cittern, vocals
    John Cunningham: fiddle, vocals
    Gordon Jones: guitar, bodhran, vocals
    Martin Hadden: bass guitar, keyboards, guitar, vocals

    Donald come up the hill hard and hungry,
    Donalds come doon the hill wild and angry;
    Donald will clear the gouk's nest cleverly, [gouk = cuckoo]
    Here's to King James and to Donald McGillavry.
    Come like a weigh-bauk, Donald McGillavry, [weigh-bauk = scales]
    Come like a weigh-bauk, Donald McGillavry,
    Balance them fair, and balance them cleverly:
    Off wi' the counterfeit, Donald McGillavry.

    Donald come o'er the hill but his tether, man,
    As he were wud, or stang'd wi' an ether, man; [wud = mad][ stung by an adder]
    When he comes back, there's some will look merrily:
    Here's to King James and to Donald McGillavry.
    Come like a weaver, Donald McGillavry,
    Come like a weaver, Donald McGillavry,
    Push about, and in and out, thimble them cleverly
    Up wi King James and with Donald McGillavry

    Donald has foughten wi' rief and roguery; [rief = banditry]
    Donald has dinner'd wi banes and beggary, [banes = bones]
    Better it were for Whigs and Whiggery
    Meeting the devil than Donald McGillavry.
    Come like a tailor, Donald McGillavry,
    Come like a tailor, Donald McGillavry,
    Push about, and in and out, thimble them cleverly,
    Up wi King James and with Donald McGillavry.

    Donald's the callan that brooks nae tangleness; [callan = fine fellow]
    Whigging and prigging and a'newfangleness,
    They maun be gane: he winna be baukit, man: [baukit = balked]
    He will hae justice, or faith he'll tak it, man.
    Come like a cobler, Donald McGillavry,
    Come like a cobler, Donald McGillavry;
    Beat them, and bore them, and lingel them cleverly, [lingel = shoemaker's thread]
    Up wi' King James and wi' Donald McGillavry.

    Donald was mumpit wi' mirds and mockery; [lulled with flattery]
    Donald was blinded wi' blads o' property; [blads = lots]
    Arles ran high, but makings were naething, man, [Arles = Thrashing]
    Lord, how Donald hes flyting and fretting, man. [flyt = scold]
    Come like the devil, Donald McGillavry,
    Come like the devil, Donald McGillavry; [skelp = chastise]
    Skelp them and scaud them that proved sae unbritherly, [scaud = scold]
    Up wi' King James and wi' Donald McGillavry!

  • Silly Wizard - The Ramblin Rover

    2:53

    Oh, there're sober men in plenty,
    And drunkards barely twenty,
    There are men of over ninety
    That have never yet kissed a girl.
    But gie me a ramblin' rover,
    And fae Orkney down to Dover.
    We will roam the country over
    And together we'll face the world.

    There's many that feign enjoyment
    From merciless employment,
    Their ambition was this deployment
    From the minute they left the school.
    And they save and scrape and ponder
    While the rest go out and squander,
    See the world and rove and wander
    And are happier as a rule.

    I've roamed through all the nations
    Ta'en delight in all creation,
    And I've tried a wee sensation
    Where the company, did prove kind.
    And when partin' was no pleasure,
    I've drunk another measure
    To the good friends that were treasure
    For they always are in our minds.

    If you're bent wi' arth-i-ritis,
    Your bowels have got colitis,
    You've gallopin' with bollockitis
    And you're thinkin' it's time you died,
    If you been a man of action,
    Though you're lying there in traction,
    You will get some satisfaction
    Thinkin', Jesus, at least I tried.

  • If I was a Blackbird

    7:34

    Provided to YouTube by Ingrooves

    If I was a Blackbird · Silly Wizard

    Wild & Beautiful

    ℗ 2006 Shanachie

    Released on: 2006-05-22

    Writer: Silly Wizard

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Silly Wizard Live - Land O The Leal

    8:34

    Andy M. Stewart of Silly Wizard passed away on December 27, 2015, after a long period of illness. His sister Angie posted this message on the YouCaring fundraiser page: It is with deep and profound sadness that I must say that my darling brother, Andy M Stewart has passed away. He died peacefully in hospital on 27th December after a long and brave fight.

    The family thank everyone who has supported this fundraiser and for your outpouring of love and care. Your support has meant the world to us.

    Andy was was in his own words, 'astonished' and I know, deeply touched by the many expressions of love penned to this page.

    We we thank you all.

    Yours with gratitude, love thanks

    Angie Stewart Hollin

    Rest in peace, Andy, and thank you for your music.



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    Song lyrics are included at the end of this description.

    This song was written by Lady Carolina Nairne of Perthshire, Scotland (1766-1845) in about 1798. The air that she set her words to is a very old Scottish tune. In The Scottish Review, Vol. 27, Pg. 115, published 1896, the air is called Hey Now The Day Dawes. Subsequently an anonymous versifier set lyrics to the tune, which became known as Hey Tuttie Taitie or Hey Tuttie Tattie. Robert Burns then set Scots Wha Hae to the tune, saying I have met the tradition universally over Scotland, and particularly about Stirling, in the neighbourhood of the scene, that this air was Robert the Bruce's March at the battle of Bannockburn, which was fought in 1314. Thereafter, Lady Nairne set Land O' The Leal to the same tune. This information can be found in The Scotish* Musical Museum, Consisting of Upwards of Six Hundred Songs, Vol. II, published 1839, pages 162-168, which contains the musical notation for the original tune, Hey Now The Day Dawes. Link to the book on Google Books: Please note that the lyrics to Land O' The Leal are introduced with the statement: The ingenious author still unknown to the editor. The lyrics were later often attributed to Burns, until after Lady Nairne's death, when her sister published, in 1846, her collected works in a book titled Lays from Strathearn.

    A comprehensive history of the two songs can be found in the book Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Volume 5, published 1910, pages 664-666, which is currently available for viewing on Google Books at this link: The article has also been transcribed and is available to read here: (do a search for Scots Wha Hae).

    The video was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia on April 1, 1988. This song has always been one of my favorites, but this performance is even more touching to me now that Johnny has passed away. I hope that he has found his own land o' the leal.

    This song can also be found on Andy M. Stewart's CD Man in the Moon.

    Silly Wizard members in this clip:

    Andy M. Stewart: lead vocals, tenor banjo, whistle
    Phil Cunningham: accordion, piano, synthesizers, whistle, cittern, vocals
    John Cunningham: fiddle, vocals
    Gordon Jones: guitar, bodhran, vocals
    Martin Hadden: bass guitar, keyboards, guitar, vocals

    I'm wearin' awa, Jean,
    Like snaw-wreaths in thaw, Jean
    I'm wearin' awa' tae the Land o' the Leal
    There's nae sorrow there, Jean,
    There's neither cauld nor care, Jean
    The day is aye fair in the Land o' the Leal

    Ye aye were leal and true, Jean
    Your task is ended noo, Jean
    And I'll welcome you tae the Land o' the Leal
    Our bonnie bairn's there, Jean
    She was baith guid and fair, Jean
    And oh, we grudged her sair, tae the Land o' the Leal

    So dry that tearful ee, Jean,
    My soul longs tae be free, Jean
    And angels wait on me in the Land o' the Leal
    So fare-thee-weel my ain Jean,
    This world's care is vain, Jean
    We'll meet and aye be fain, in the Land o' the Leal

    *Not a typo - this is the original title of the book.

  • Silly Wizard: The Fishermans Song-Lament for the Fishermans Wife

    8:34

    The Fisherman's Song-Lament for the Fisherman's Wife, Wild and Beautiful by Silly Wizard.

    Lyrics:
    By the storm-torn shoreline a woman is standing
    The spray strung like jewels in her hair
    And the sea tore the rocks near the desolate landing
    as though it had known she stood there.

    Chorus:
    But she has come down to condemn that wild ocean
    For the murderous loss of her man.
    His boat sailed out on Wednesday morning,
    And it's feared she's gone down with all hands.

    Oh and white were the wave-caps
    And wild was their parting
    So fierce is the warring of love,
    But she prayed to the gods
    Both of men and of sailors
    Not to cast their cruel nets o'er her love.

    There's a school on the hill
    Where the sons of dead fathers
    Are led toward tempests and gales,
    Where their God-given wings
    Are clipped close to their bodies,
    And their eyes are bound-'round with ships' sails.

    What force leads a man
    To a life filled with danger
    High on seas or a mile underground?
    It's when need is his master
    And poverty's no stranger,
    And there's no other work to be found.

  • Silly Wizard The Parish of Dunkeld

    9:37

    O, what a parish, a terrible parish,
    O, what a parish is that o' Dunkel',
    They hangit their minister, droon'd their precentor
    Dang doun the steeple, and fuddled the bell.
    The steeple was doun, but the Kirk was still staunin',
    They biggit a lum whaur the bell used to hang,
    A stellpat they gat and they brewed Hieland whisky,
    On Sundays they drank it, and ranted and sang.
    O, had you but seen how graceful it lookit
    To see the cramm'd pews sae socially join
    Macdonald the piper stuck up in the poopit
    He made the pipes skirl out music divine.
    Wi' whisky and beer, they'd curse and they'd swear
    They'd argy and fecht what ye daurna weel tell
    'Bout Geordie and Cherlie they bothered fu' rarely
    Wi' whisky they're worse than the devil himsel'.
    When the heart-cheerin' spirit had mounted their garret
    To a ball on the green they a' did adjourn
    Maids wi' coats kilted, they steppit and liltit
    When tired they shook hands, and then hame did return.
    If the kirks a'owre Scotland held like social meetin's
    Nae warning' ye'd need from a far-tinklin' bell
    For a true love and friendship wad draw ye thegither
    Far better than roarin' the horrors o' hell.

  • The Queen Of Argyll

    3:28

    Provided to YouTube by Ingrooves

    The Queen Of Argyll · Silly Wizard

    The Best Of Silly Wizard

    ℗ 2006 Shanachie

    Released on: 1985-01-01

    Writer: Silly Wizard

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • The Isla Waters

    3:49

    Provided to YouTube by Ingrooves

    The Isla Waters · Silly Wizard

    Caledonia's Hardy Sons

    ℗ 1978 Shanachie

    Released on: 1978-06-15

    Writer: Andy M. Stewart

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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  • Silly Wizard Isla Waters

    3:55

  • Donald McGillavry / ONeills Cavalry March

    4:09

    Provided to YouTube by Ingrooves

    Donald McGillavry / O'Neill's Cavalry March · Silly Wizard

    The Best Of Silly Wizard

    ℗ 2006 Shanachie

    Released on: 1985-01-01

    Writer: Silly Wizard

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • The Queen of Argyll live ~ Silly Wizard

    3:24

    'The Queen of Argyll' by Silly Wizard
    live performance

  • Silly Wizard - Silly Wizard Celtic & Scottish Folk

    39:08




    USO JUSTO:

    Descargo de responsabilidad de derechos de autor En virtud de la Sección 107 de la Ley de Derechos de Autor de 1976, se permite el uso justo para fines tales como críticas, comentarios, informes de noticias, enseñanza, becas e investigación. El uso justo es un uso permitido por la ley de derechos de autor que de otra manera infringir. El uso sin fines de lucro, educativo o personal inclina la balanza a favor del uso justo .

    No tengo los derechos de este álbum, lo uso solo para uso cultural promocional, si el vÍdeo es un problema de derechos de autor, lo eliminaré de inmediato.

    Uso el icono y símbolo del Sumergible encima de las carátulas para que otras personas no descarguen el vídeo y lo suban a su canal como si fuera de su propia autoría, nada más.

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    FAIR USE:

    Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, fair use is permitted for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright law that is otherwise infringed. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

    I do not have the rights to this album, I use it for promotional cultural use only, if the video is copyright issue, I will remove it immediately.

    I use the icon and symbol of the Submersible above the covers so that other people do not download the video and upload it to their channel as if it were their own authorship, nothing more.

  • Silly Wizard: Miss Shepherd-Sweeneys Buttermilk-Mcglincheys Reels

    3:39

    Miss Shepherd-Sweeney's Buttermilk-Mcglinchey's Reels from the album So Many Partings by Silly Wizard

  • Silly Wizard - The Valley of Strathmore

    7:08

  • Fhear A Bhata

    4:38

    Provided to YouTube by Ingrooves

    Fhear A Bhata (The Boatman) · Silly Wizard

    Caledonia's Hardy Sons

    ℗ 1978 Shanachie

    Released on: 1978-06-15

    Writer: Traditional

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Silly Wizard Live - Willie Archer and The Banks of the Bann

    9:50

    Andy M. Stewart of Silly Wizard passed away on December 27, 2015, after a long period of illness. His sister Angie posted this message on the YouCaring fundraiser page: It is with deep and profound sadness that I must say that my darling brother, Andy M Stewart has passed away. He died peacefully in hospital on 27th December after a long and brave fight.

    The family thank everyone who has supported this fundraiser and for your outpouring of love and care. Your support has meant the world to us.

    Andy was was in his own words, 'astonished' and I know, deeply touched by the many expressions of love penned to this page.

    We we thank you all.

    Yours with gratitude, love thanks

    Angie Stewart Hollin

    Rest in peace, Andy, and thank you for your music.



    ****

    This was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia on April 1, 1988. I included the banter because it is one of the things that makes this concert so special and so fun to watch.

    The instrumental following the song is called Donna's Waltz and is on Phil Cunningham's CD The Palomino Waltz.

    Silly Wizard members in this clip:

    Andy M. Stewart: lead vocals, tenor banjo, whistle
    Phil Cunningham: accordion, piano, synthesizers, whistle, cittern, vocals
    John Cunningham: fiddle, vocals
    Gordon Jones: guitar, bodhran, vocals
    Martin Hadden: bass guitar, keyboards, guitar, vocals

  • Silly Wizard- Golden Golden

    4:34

    Silly Wizard was a Scottish folk band that began forming in Edinburgh in 1970. The founder members were two like-minded university students—Gordon Jones (guitar, bodhran, vocals, bouzouki, mandola) and Bob Thomas (guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, concertina). The as-yet-unnamed band was sometimes joined by thirteen-year-old schoolboy Johnny Cunningham (fiddle, viola, mandola, vocals), who began more extensive touring with the band in 1972.
    Thomas credited the name of the band to a flatmate who was writing a book of children's stories, and the group first performed as Silly Wizard in summer 1972. Chris Pritchard (vocals) replaced Bill Watkins (vocals, guitar) in 1972. From September 1972 until March 1974, the band organized the Saturday night bookings, and regularly performed at, the Triangle Folk Club in Edinburgh. In February 1973, vocalist Chris Pritchard left the band and was replaced by Madelaine Taylor (guitar, bodhran, vocals). In October 1973, the band was signed to Transatlantic Records XTRA label. An album was recorded but before it could be released, Madelaine Taylor left the band in December 1973. The master tapes were subsequently lost and the album has never been released.
    Bob, Gordon and Johnny began touring as a trio in January 1974, and went on the first of many French tours in April 1974.
    The band added Neil Adam (bass, harmonium) in September 1974 and Andy M. Stewart (vocals, tin whistle, tenor banjo) in December 1974. In March 1975, Silly Wizard began work on their next album. The band was then joined by Freeland Barbour (accordion, bouzouki) and Alastair Donaldson (bass, flute), who replaced Neil Adam in July 1975 when the latter decided to return to university. Their first eponymous LP Silly Wizard was released on the XTRA label and the band began touring throughout the UK and Europe.
    In late 1976, Freeland Barbour left the band and was replaced by Johnny Cunningham's younger brother, Phil Cunningham (accordion, tin whistle, harmonium, synthesizer, octave mandolin, vocals), then sixteen years old. At the same time Alastair Donaldson left and was replaced by Martin Hadden (bass, guitar, piano). This six-member lineup then recorded the band's second LP, Caledonia's Hardy Sons (Highway/Shanachie, 1978). Founding member Bob Thomas left just as the group began work on their third LP, So Many Partings (Highway/Shanachie, 1979).

    Cunningham departed the band for New York in 1980 and was replaced for six months by Dougie MacLean of the Tannahill Weavers. MacLean had once been in a band with Andy Stewart and Martin Hadden, and contributed to Silly Wizard's fourth album, Wild and Beautiful (Highway/Shanachie, 1981) before returning to the Tannahill Weavers.
    Silly Wizard played a variety of Scottish folk music, both instrumental and vocal, from fast jigs and reels to slow airs. While the majority of the items they played were traditional songs or tunes, the band did write many compositions of their own. Phil Cunningham generally wrote instrumental music centered on the accordion, and Stewart wrote several songs in a style often distinctly traditional. Once Andy's singing and the driving, impassioned instrumentals of the Cunningham brothers had established themselves at its centre, the group's overall sound changed little until their final album, A Glint of Silver, which introduced the synthesizer as a prominent part of the band, giving them a slightly New Age sound. It can be said, though, that certain albums (e.g. So Many Partings and Wild and Beautiful) show a thematic or musical development that makes them more than an arbitrary succession of tracks—in fact the last five tracks on Wild and Beautiful were often played as an opening set to their live performances.
    They continued recording until the late 1980s, when the band decided to dissolve after performing for seventeen years and releasing nine albums. The band played its final performance in Voorheesville, New York in April 1988. Johnny Cunningham died on December 15, 2003 in New York.

  • Silly Wizard - When Summer Ends

    4:26

    Track #4 from Silly Wizard's sixth and final studio album, A Glint of Silver (1986), now sadly out of print. Phil Cunningham composed this air in memory of his friend and fellow folk musician, Tich Richardson.

    #SillyWizard #AGlintOfSilver #GreenLinnetRecords

  • Silly Wizard Ramblin Rover

    3:13

  • The Fishermans Song/ Lament for the Fishermans Wife

    8:31

    Provided to YouTube by Ingrooves

    The Fisherman's Song/ Lament for the Fisherman's Wife · Silly Wizard

    Wild & Beautiful

    ℗ 2006 Shanachie

    Released on: 2006-05-22

    Writer: Silly Wizard

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  • The Valley Of Strathmore

    6:17

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    The Valley Of Strathmore · Silly Wizard

    So Many Partings

    ℗ 2006 Shanachie

    Released on: 1980-01-01

    Writer: Silly Wizard

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  • SILLY WIZARD The Pearl

    3:57

    from the album WILD & BEAUTIFUL 1988
    A very nice tune.

  • Silly Wizard - The Blackbird of Sweet Avondale

    5:00

    CHARLES STEWART PARNELL (27 June 1846 - 6 October 1891) was an Irish landlord, nationalist political leader, land reform agitator, and the founder and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party. He was one of the most important figures in 19th century Great Britain and Ireland, and was described by Prime Minister William Gladstone as the most remarkable person he had ever met.

    Parnell led the Irish Parliamentary Party as Member of Parliament through the period of Parliamentary nationalism in Ireland between 1875 and his death in 1891. Future Liberal Prime Minister, H. H. Asquith, described him as one of the three or four greatest men of the 19th century, while Lord Haldane described him as the strongest man the British House of Commons had seen in 150 years. The Irish Parliamentary Party split during 1890, following revelations of Parnell's private life intruding on his political career. He has nevertheless been revered by subsequent Irish parliamentary republicans and nationalists and was often referred to as the uncrowned King of Ireland.

    Soundtrack: The Blackbird of Sweet Avondale - Silly Wizard

  • Silly Wizard: Wi My Dog and Gun

    4:37

    Wi' My Dog and Gun from the album So Many Partings by Silly Wizard

    Lyrics:
    Wi' my dog and gun, through the bloomin' heather,
    For game and pleasure I took my way.
    I met a maid, she was tall and slender,
    Her eyes enticed me some time to stay.

    I said Fair maid, do you know I love you?
    Tell me your name and your dwelling, oh so?
    Oh, excuse my name, but you'll find my dwelling
    By the mountain streams where the moorcocks crow.

    I said Fair maid, if you wed a farmer,
    You'll be tied for life tae one plot of land.
    I'm a rovin' Johnny, if you gone wi' me,
    You will have no ties, so gi' me your hand.

    Ah, but if my parents knew I loved a rover,
    It is that I'm sure would be my overthrow,
    So I'll stay at home for another season
    By the mountain streams where the moorcocks crow.

    So it's fare thee well, love, another season,
    We will meet again in yon woodland vale,
    And I'll set you down all upon my knee, love,
    And I'll listen to your lovesick tale.

    And it's arm in arm we will go together
    Through the lofty trees, in the valley below,
    Where the lenties sing their song so sweetly
    By the mountain streams where the moorcocks crow.

    Wi' my dog and gun, through the bloomin' heather,
    For game and pleasure I took my way.
    I met a maid, she was tall and slender,
    Her eyes enticed me some time to stay.

    I said Fair maid, do you know I love you?
    Tell me your name and your dwelling, oh so?
    Oh, excuse my name, but you'll find my dwelling
    By the mountain streams where the moorcocks crow.

  • Silly Wizard - Golden Golden

    4:41

    From the album Live Wizardry by Silly Wizard

  • Lovers Heart by Silly Wizard from their final concert in April, 1988

    7:28

    The song Lover's Heart was taped on an early 8mm camcorder in April, 1988 at an Old Songs, Inc. concert in Guilderland Center, NY. Silly Wizard was in fine form, for it was their final concert as a band, and it was a night to remember. Lover's Heart was written by Andy M. Stewart and Phil Cunningham.

    Here are the lyrics to the song:
    She was in the flowery garden when first she caught my eye
    And I just a marching soldier she smiled as I passed by
    The flowers she held were fresh and fair, her lips were full and red
    And as I passed that shady bower, these words to me she said

    Last night we spoke of love, now we're forced to part
    You leave to the sound of a marching drum and the beat of a lovers heart
    She was by the shore in the evening when next I saw my dear
    Running barefoot by the waterside, she called as I drew near
    The sunlight glanced at the water's edge making fire of her auburn hair
    My young heart danced at her parting words that hung in the evening air

    She was on the Strand next morning when orders came to sail
    And as we slipped our ropes away I watched her from the rail
    She threw me a rose, which fell between us, and floated on the Bay
    And as our shippulled from the shore, I heard her call and say

    Now the soldier's life won't suit me, sweet music is my trade
    For I'd rather melt the hardest heart than pierce it with a blade
    Let the time be short till I return to my home in the mountains high
    And the loving girl who stole my heart with these words as I passed by

  • Silly Wizard: Lovers Heart

    5:18

    From the album A Glint Of Silver.

  • Silly Wizard - The Twa Brithers

    6:17

    Artist: Silly Wizard
    Singer: Andy Stewart
    Album: Caledonia's Hardy Sons
    Year: 1978

    Lyrics:

    Two pretty boys were goin' tae the school,
    and one evening coming home
    says William to John, can you throw a stone?
    Or can you play at a ball, a ball, or can you play at a ball?

    Says John to William, I canna' throw a stone,
    little can I play at a ball.
    But if you'll go down to a merry green woods,
    I'll try you a wrestlin' fall, a fall, I'll try you a wrestlin' fall.

    So they went down tae a merry green woods,
    beneath the spreadin' bough.
    The little penknife fell out of William's coat,
    and gave John his deadly wound, wound, and gave John his deadly wound.

    Ah, now you'll take off your white Holland shirt,
    and teer it frae gore tae gore,
    and you will bind my deadly wounds,
    that they might bleed no more, no more, that they might bleed no more.

    So he's ta'en off his white Holland shirt,
    and he's torn it frae gore tae gore,
    and though he's bound his deadly wounds,
    ah, they bled ten times more, more, they bled ten times more.

    Ah, but what shall I tell to your father dear
    this night when I go home?
    Tell him I'm away to a London school,
    and a good scholar I'll come home, home, a good scholar I'll come home.

    Ah, but what shall I tell to your sister dear
    this night when I go home?
    Tell her I'm away to a London school,
    and the good books I'll bring home, home, the good books I'll bring home.

    Ah, but what shall I tell to your sweetheart dear
    this night when I go home?
    Tell her I'm dead and in the grave laid
    and the grass is growin' green, green, the grass is growin' green.

    Ah, but what shall I tell to your stepmother dear
    this night when I go home?
    Tell her I'm dead and in the grave laid
    for she prayed I might never come home, home, she prayed I might never come home.

  • Silly Wizard - Land O The Leal

    4:30

  • Silly Wizard - Donald McGillavry

    4:03

    YES, ALL of my uploads have the same picture reel of photos I found on the Internet of Scotland. I DO realize that some of the songs are Scottish, some are Irish, and some are just folk songs, but I uploaded the songs for the ears!!! Who cares what the picture reel is? Just enjoy these great songs!

  • Silly Wizard - Pibroch

    4:01

  • Silly Wizard: Bridget OMalley

    4:53

    Bridget O'Malley from the album So Many Partings by Silly Wizard.

    Lyrics:

    Oh Bridgit O'Malley, you left my heart shaken
    With a hopeless desolation, I'd have you to know
    It's the wonders of admiration your quiet face has taken
    And your beauty will haunt me wherever I go.

    The white moon above the pale sands, the pale stars above the thorn tree
    Are cold beside my darling, but no purer than she
    I gaze upon the cold moon till the stars drown in the warm sea
    And the bright eyes of my darling are never on me.

    My Sunday it is weary, my Sunday it is grey now
    My heart is a cold thing, my heart is a stone
    All joy is dead within me, my life has gone away now
    For another has taken my love for his own.

    The day it is approaching when we were to be married
    And it's rather I would die than live only to grieve
    Oh meet me, my Darling, e'er the sun sets o'er the barley
    And I'll meet you there on the road to Drumslieve.

    Oh Bridgit O'Malley, you've left my heart shaken
    With a hopeless desolation, I'd have you to know
    It's the wonders of admiration your quiet face has taken
    And your beauty will haunt me wherever I go.

  • Silly Wizard

    5:54

    SILLY WIZARD - Willie Archer and The Banks of The Bann
    Andy M. Stewart: voz principal, banjo (tenor)...
    Johnny Cunningham: violín...
    Martin Hadden: bajo eléctrico, guitarras, voz...
    Phil Cunningham: acordeón, teclados, flautas, mandola, voz...
    Gordon Jones: bodhrán, guitarra...
    * La Cueva Boreal:
    .

  • Silly Wizard - The Queen of Argyll

    3:30

    I AM NOT afraid to allow embedding.

  • Silly Wizard - The Greenfields of Glentown The Galtee Reel Bobb

    4:40

    Silly Wizard - Kiss The Tears away - The Greenfields of Glentown The Galtee Reel Bobb

  • Silly Wizard - My Loves In Germany

    7:01

  • Silly Wizard - The Banks of the Lee

    4:30

    Silly Wizard - The Banks of the Lee - Kiss the Tears away

    Lyrics:

    Where true lovers meet beneath the green bower
    Where true lovers meet out beneath the green tree
    And Mary, fond Mary, she says unto her true love,
    You have stolen my young heart on the Banks of the Lee

    Chorus:
    I loved her very dearly, most truely and sincerely
    There is no one in this wide world I love more than she
    Every bush and every bower, every wild Irish flower
    Reminds me on my Mary, on the banks of the Lee.

    Don't stay out too late, love, on the moorlands, my Mary
    Don't stay out too late, love, on the moorlands for me
    But it's little was my notion, when we parted by the ocean
    That we were forever parten by the Banks of the Lee

    Chorus

    I will pull my love some roses, some wild Irish roses
    I will pull my love some roses, the fairest I see
    And I'll lay them on the graveside of my own dear darlin' Mary
    On that cold and silent grave where she sleeps 'neath the dew

    Chorus

  • Silly Wizard - The Gold Claddagh Ring

    7:06

    Wonderful Music.

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