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Far, Far From Ypres (Songs, Poems And Music Of World War I) - 2CD CDTRAX 1418
Far, Far From Ypres (Songs, Poems And Music Of World War I) - 2CD
The album is a tribute to all the soldiers from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, and also their Commonwealth brothers in arms from all corners of the globe, who fought and suffered together in the Great War and, in particular, all those who died.

The album has a more Scottish perspective than any of its predecessors but when one considers that Scotland suffered the most soldiers killed, per head of population, of any nation that fought in the conflict, such an album was greatly overdue. It is also doubtful if the songs, poems and music of WW1 have ever before been covered in such depth.

This project was first suggested to Ian Green of Greentrax Recordings in 2004 by Des Brogan, Managing Director of Mercat Tours International, who specialise in tours of both WW1 and WW2 cemeteries and battlefields. Jim Paris, who also contributed, is a Mercat Tours Battlefield Guide. Ian, who had read many books on both WW1 and WW2, was interested but regrettably the lack of financial resources at that time caused it to be placed on the ‘back-burner’. In 2007, however, Des Brogan invited Ian and his wife June on one of Mercat’s WW1 coach tours of France and Belgium. June was also finally able to fulfil a life-long desire to visit the graveyard of her Grandfather McLennan, in one of the many beautifully maintained War Cemeteries.


TRACK LISTING:
CD1:
1. Your King and Country Need You (Spoken Word - Iain Anderson)
2. Your King and Country Need You (Song - The Scottish Pals Singers)
3. Regimental Tunes (The Army School of Piping and Highland Drumming)
4. The Last Mile Home
5. It's a Long Way To Tipperary
6. Mademoiselle From Amenities
7. Fred Akron's Army
8. We're Here
9. Living in a Trench
10. Raining
11. Minor Worries
12. If The Sergeant Steals Your Rum
13. Oh! It's a Lovely War
14. Hush! Here Comes The Whizz-bang
15. Bombed Last Night
16. Gassed Last Night
17. Fritz Boy
18. Forward Joe Soap's Army
19. Pack Up Your Troubles
20. Whiter Than Whitewash
21. Far, Far From Wipers I Long To Be
22. Take Me Back to Dear Old Blight
23. I'll Make a Man of You
24. I Wore a Tunic
25. Goodbye
26. When this Bloody War is Over
27. I Don't Want to be a Soldier
28. I Want to go Home
29. The Old Battalion
30. The Bells of Hell
31. It's a Long Way to Tipperary
32. Keep The Home Fires Burning
33. Sister Suzie Sewing Shirts For Soldiers
34. The Only Girl in The World
35. Roses of Peccary (All The Scottish Pals Singers)
36. Keep Right on to The End of The Road (Harry Lauder)
37. The Flowers of The Forest (Corporal Neil McNaughton)
38. The Last Post (John Samson).

CD2:
1. The Bloody Fields of Flanders Set (The Army School of Piping and Highland Drumming)
2. In Flanders Fields (Poem - Iain Anderson)
3. The Green Fields of France / No Man's Land (The Corries)
4. Jimmy's Gone Tae Flanders (Jim Malcolm)
5. Black is The Sun (Steve Palmer)
6. Mothers, Daughters, Wives (The McCalmans)
7. Geordie McCrae (Robin Laing)
8. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (Eric Bogle)
9. In Memorium (Poem - Iain Anderson)
10. An Eala Bhan (Roddy MacLeod)
11. Halloween (Sheena Wellington and Karine Polwart)
12. Why Old Men Cry (Dick Gaughan)
13. As If He Knows (Eric Bogle)
14. Jimmy Waddell / Battle of The Somme (Malinky)
15. Letters From Wilfred (Alan Bell)
16. Only Remembered (The McCalmans)
17. Cha Till MacCruemen (Poem - Iain Anderson) / MacCrimmon's Lament (Heather Heywood) / MacCrimmon's Sweeheart (Dougie Pincock)

Price: € 19.50

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