This week I've heard the song 'The Wild Geese' sung twice here in Montrose – once sung by Gary Anderson (at the Pushing Out the Boat event on Sunday – more on that another time perhaps... it was a great night out) and then last night by local singers Phil Smith and Marjorie Hughes at the folk club. The words to the song were written by Angus writer and poet Violet Jacob (1863-1946) and the tune by Jim Reid (1934-2009). Many of the people at our folk club knew and liked Jim Reid (there's an obituary for him here) and I did hear him sing and play at the club and at other local events in recent years. At one of these events I bought his CD 'Yont the Tay' and it really is very lovely (and still available). Here's Jim Reid (recorded in 1997, so it says) singing two sings tied in a mini-medley - first 'The Greylag Geese' and then 'The Wild Geese'. I haven't heard the geese overhead yet this season but it can only be a matter of days now... we get a lot of geese round these parts!
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