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Strupag Lyr Req: Cailin Mo Ruin-Sa (20) RE: Lyr Req: calia ma ronsa 10 May 03

When I went to live in Ullapool about 25 years ago I stayed outside the village in an area called Braes. It was shortly after moving that I started writing songs. It was only years after that I learned that my house was about 100 yards from the ruin that was Donald Ross's house. I think it was the water of the Braes burn that did it!
Anyway, when I learned this I got more information on the man from his living relatives. He wrote many songs but due to shortage of work, he had to leave Ullapool and worked as a hotel porter in Edinburgh until the late 50's. I don't think he lived to see the Alexander Brothers make a "hit" out of his song.
He did record a couple of 78 singles and I know a couple of people who have copies in Ullapool. He had a fine tenor voice but, even better, you could hear the old Ullapool accent in his singing. It's an accent that the young folk don't have anymore. I think, however, that he would be glad to know that there is a thriving Gaelic medium primary school now in Ullapool

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