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Featured Song: Wild Mountain Thyme

A perfect summer love song.

Listen to and download this song from the Home page.

The lyrics and melody are a variant of the song "The Braes of Balquhither" by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill (1774–1810) and Scottish composer Robert Archibald Smith (1780–1829). The song was adapted by Belfast musician Francis McPeake (1885–1971) into "Wild Mountain Thyme".

Tannahill's original song, first published in Robert Archibald Smith's Scottish Minstrel (1821–24), is about the hills (braes) around Balquhidder near Lochearnhead. Like Robert Burns, Tannahill collected and adapted traditional songs, and "The Braes of Balquhither" may have been based on the traditional song "The Braes o' Bowhether".

This song is also called "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go"

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