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While Caithness' song tradition is not as extensive as other areas in terms of what has been collected there, nonetheless a small selection can be found in the School of Scottish Studies Archive. Donald George Gunn sings many of these, including Auld Thirsa For Me, recorded in 1963, at the Kist o Riches website.

Caithness songwriter Nancy Nicolson has written many weel-kent songs including Ah'm E Man At Muffed It, about the Dounreay nuclear plant and the MUF acronym - "Material Unaccounted For", sung here by The McCalmans: 

Ah'm the Man that Muffed It


- from the album Flames on the Water, CDTRAX036, 1990, by kind permission Greentrax Recordings. 

A proud Caitnes speaker, Nancy also works a great deal in education, and here's her song about the use of Scots in the classroom, Listen tae the Teacher, from the Scots Sangs Fur Schools website

Listen tae the Teacher


One of the most widely-sung songs to come out of Caithness is by Ian Sinclair of the Thurso group Mirk. His soldier's recruiting song The King's Shilling has been more or less subsumed into the traditional repertoire. It has been performed by none other than James Taylor - the one and only time you'll hear him sing about the Broomielaw! 

Visit the Sangstories website for the original lyrics