Song of the Day, April 15: Both Sides the Tweed by Dick Gaughan

GaughanTweedToday’s song is Dick Gaughan’s thoughtful Both Sides the Tweed. The original is a traditional song reflecting on the 1707 Act of Union that made Scotland part of the United Kingdom. Gaughan updated the lyrics and the tune, creating a fine closing number for his powerful album Handful of Earth.

Gaughan is a master of blending traditional music with his own distinctive folk styles and stirring political vision. This track is a lovely example, looking at the tensions between Scotland and England while reflecting on our shared humanity. Quietly moving, it’s a standout in his long career of beautiful music.

The original version is wonderful. Gaughan’s live work has a special power, however, and my favorite rendition is a live recording featuring fellow Scots Aly Bain on fiddle and Phil Cunningham (who played on the album) on piano.

Enjoy this stirring song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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