Mudcat Café message #3917413 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #40414   Message #3917413
Posted By: Gallus Moll
15-Apr-18 - 10:46 AM
Thread Name: ADD: Silver Darlings (various)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Silver Darlings (Bob Halfin, Jim McLean)
that's interesting re the lost song -- now only a title ! I am currently on the hunt for a lost song (think thread title is Last Vango in Harris)probably composed around 1973/4 in the area of Tarbert, Harris and commenting on the attempt by Sir Hereward the Ladwake (!)who owned Amhuinnsuidhe Castle for about 10 years (late '60s - late '70s) to have the public road that went very close to the front of the castle (wonder which was there first?) bypassed. Sir H was a school friend (Eton?) of the leader of Inverness county council -- I think, someone of influence --- who offered to fund the bypass- - however there was a public outcry and it never happened.
The song I seen (Last Vango in Harris) was set to Chatanooga Choo Choo tune and began:
Pardon me boy, is this the Amhuinnsuide bypass,
Is Sir Hereward in, I've heard a lot about him -- - -
Alas the guy who composed it died a number of years ago so I am trying to to contact people who might have been in sessions or bars or camping etc on Harris / Lewis in the mid -'70s, perhaps recall a phrase or two, so we can build a jigsaw of bits and weave them together -- - - failing which we plan a gathering in Autumn where armed with the facts of the event we shall endeavour to remake the song ourselves!