The Lasses

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1. Follow the Heron
This song was written by Scottish songstress Karine Polwart. Sophie used to go to the session in The Royal Oak in Edinburgh, and this song was often sung there. Anyone who hears it would think it was a traditional, and it has become a session staple all across the world. It has great lyrics about the return of spring after a long winter. Perfect song to open our first album with! You can find the lyrics of how we sing it here.

2. Next Market Day
Traditional. Margot learned it from Alan Burke. You can find the lyrics of how we sing it here.

3. The Lambs on the Green Hills
Traditional, goes by many names. Very interesting blog about it here. You can find the lyrics of how we sing it here.

4. Cruel Sister
Combination of several traditionals (Child Ballads) in the version of Pentangle, because this was the version in which Sophie heard it first. Very shortened though; the full tale is even better! You can find the lyrics of how we sing it here.

5. In Shame
By Sean McCarthy. You can find the lyrics of how we sing it here.

6. Beeswing
By Richard Thompson. You can find the lyrics of how we sing it here.

7. Caledonia
By Dougie MacLean. You can find the lyrics of how we sing it here.

8. Orphan Girl
By Gillian Welch. So easy to harmonize on, it became a session regular soon after Sophie first fell in love with Gillian Welch’s work. You can find the lyrics of how we sing it here.

9. Hole in the Heart
By Karine Polwart. Sophie knew the song from her Edinburgh time, and when Margot knew where Follow the Heron came from, she quickly became hooked on Karine Polwart’s other songs, especially on this one – so that is how not one, but two KP songs appeared on this album. You can find the lyrics of how we sing it here.

10. Lang Road Doon
By Steve Byrne, another Edinburgh session regular. Sophie knew it from Malinky, a great Scottish band. After reading Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon Sophie had no choice but to learn how to sing it. The book and the song tell almost the same story, of a girl whose love has gone off to fight someone else’s war. The Scottish tongue also appears in both book and song – in Sophie’s Westfrisian ears the two sound very similar. You can find the lyrics of how we sing it here.

11. Red is the Rose
Traditional. You can find the lyrics of how we sing it here.