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Farewell to Whisky

Neil Gow (1727-1807) is said to have composed this tune in 1799, during a failure in the Scottish barley crop. Because of the poor harvest that year, Highlanders were prohibited from 'wasting' barley by making whisky. This song laments the shortage of that much loved part of Highland culture. The accompanying tune is played by Colin Campbell (fiddle), and Katherine Campbell (piano).

'Farewell to Whisky', played by Colin and Katherine Campbell
From Traditional Scottish Songs and Music, Gallus Recordings.

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