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Lang Legged Beasties
Scottish Stories, Songs and Rhymes About Animals
Lang Legged Beasties
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Surprising, funny and sad traditional stories about cats, frogs, foxes, wolves, seals, robins, pigs and more retold by one of Scotland's best-known storytellers.
Songs and rhymes old and new about mousikies, hens, coos, doos, sparras, swans, raws,catties, tods, dugs, piggies, a parrot and a dinosaur.
Ewan McVicar is a writer, songmaker, singer, storyteller and organiser. He has has written a forgotten Top Twenty hit, twenty songs for the Singing Kettle show, and several books including in 1990 One Singer One Song about Glasgow songs and singers, in 2007 Doh Ray Me When Ah Wis Wee, the standard work on Scots children's songs and rhymes, and various books and booklets for and with children. He has co-written books about Traditional Scottish Song & Music and about Strathclyde Social Work Department's involvement in 1990 Glasgow City of Culture.
His latest book, not yet published, is to be called The Eskimo Republic, Scots political song in action 1951-1999. Through many interviews and much research Ewan shares the excitement and energy, and the historical antecedants, of the Lifting of the Stane, The Bo'ness Rebels, the anti-Polaris Glasgow Eskimos, the Scottish Breakaway songs and much more.
Gallus Publishing is Linlithgow-based Ewan McVicar's newest venture, growing out of his recording label Gallus which has for several years issued and supplied direct short-run CDs of Scottish songmaking and story. These include Scottish Songs For Younger Children, Traditional Scottish Stories For Younger Children, Exploits Of Tortoise And Hare - Traditional African Stories, and Tales On The Tongue - 11 Tales from 8 Scottish Storytellers.
Ewan has also edited several CDs of traditional Scottish music, for Greentrax and for US Rounder Records.
Ewan has recently created for Learning Teaching Scotland the new web-site content for schools about Scotland's songs and music, and with author Stuart McHardy has created LTS web site material about the Caledonians, Picts and Scots. Stuart and Ewan have also developed SCOTSFEST workshops in which a storyteller, singer and other artists visit a school for a day and end the visit in a celebratory ceilidh. In his spare time Ewan also co-runs several small scale development projects in Uganda, where he learned African stories and songs.
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