Discography: Dick Gaughan

By Douglas Clark and helpers.


I first discovered Dick Gaughan in 1972 when, looking for a version of Hamish Henderson's `The John MacLean March', I bought `No More Forever'. Since then I have followed him avidly and seen him live, in Bath, several times. I wasn't so keen on the openly political stance he adapted as he veered away from his traditional folk roots, but after hearing him discuss so sensibly on rec.music.celtic I think his political recordings need reviewed with a more open mind.

He is a working-class Lowland Scot from Edinburgh coming from typical Irish/Highland Scot descent. Brought up with the customary Scottish socialist vision he has always been of the Left in his politics. Quite typical of his generation. I think the quality of his singing and his guitar-playing unmatched in these islands. And he can write a song.


Bath Guildhall, Thursday 25 May 1995.
Greatness. He has that stamp about him now. It comes from his inner confidence as an artist as he ages into maturity. There is a tremendous authority in his singing and guitar-playing. His only weakness is that in his search for new songs he tends to be drawn to weaker political material. But then he is a Scots-Irish troublemaker at heart. Like most people from the Scottish Central Belt.

The standout song of the evening was a capella rendition of `Bogie's Bonnie Belle'. I had always thought that this was a Davie Stewart song but Dick didn't seem to think so. The mix of songs was mainly classical contemporary (eg `Banks of Sicily', `Schooldays Over' etc) with the occasional classic traditional folk song thrown in. The very modern work, apart from `Both Sides of the Tweed', `Song for Ireland', `The Diggers Song' and perhaps a couple of others seemed weaker.

The voice and guitar were absolutely magnificent. This is the best I have ever heard from him. The one song I would like to have heard was `MacCrimmon's Lament' but I wasn't to be so lucky. I can't wait for the next time he comes to Bath. Now for the `Clan Alba' disks.


1972  Dick Gaughan/No More Forever  Trailer LER 2072
      with Aly Bain, fiddle

      Recorded and produced by Bill Leader.

Rattlin' roarin' Willie; The friar's britches
MacCrimmon's lament; Mistress Jamieson's favourite
Jock o' Hazeldean
Cam ye ower frae France
The bonnie banks o' Fordie

The thatchers o' Glenrae
The fair flower of Northumberland
The teatotaller; Da tushker
The three healths
THe John MacLean march
The green linnet

[Out on CD]

1973  The Boys of the Lough/The Boys of the Lough  Trailer LER 2086/
                                                   Shanachie 79002
      Dick Gaughan; Cathal McConnell; Robin Morton; Aly Bain

      Recorded and produced by Bill Leader.

The Boys of the Lough; Slanty Gart
In praise of John Magee
Wedding march from Unst; The bride's a bonny thing; Sleep
   sound i' da moarnin'
Farewell to whisky
OLd Joe's jig; Last night's joy; The granny in the corner
The old oak tree

Caoineadh Eoghain Rua; The nine points of roguery
Docherty's reel; Flowing tide
Andrew Lammie
Sheebeg and Sheemore; The boy in the gap; McMahon's reel
Jackson and Jane
The shaalds of Foulla; Garster's dream; The brig

I think Dick dropped out of `The Boys of the Lough' because of
the travelling. But his `Andrew Lammie' is a fine memento.

1976  Various/The Second Folk Review Record  Folksound FS 107   

David Lashbrook reports that Dick contributed two tracks to this album
to raise funds for the magazine `Folk Review'.

    Recorded by Bill Leader at Leader Sound Studios, February 1976.
    Produced by Fred Woods.

Arthur McBride
The Rashy Moor

1976  Five Hand Reel/Five Hand Reel  Rubber RUB 019
                           Re-released in 1987 as Black Crow Records CRO 211
      Bobby Eaglesham; Dick Gaughan; Tom Hickland; Barry Lyons; Dave Tulloch

      Recorded at Impulse Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne.
      Produced by Geoff Heslop.

Both sides of the Forth
Death of Argyll
Kempy's hat
The knight and the shepherd's daughter

Sliave Gallion Braes
Wee wee German lairdie
The maid of Listowel
When a man's in love
Frankie's dog

1977  Dick Gaughan/Coppers and Brass  Topic 12 TS 315
      Scots and Irish Dance Music on guitar
      with Tom Hickland, piano

      Recorded and produced by Tony Engle in London.

Jigs: Coppers and Brass; The Gander in the Pratie Hole
Reels: O'Keefe's; The Foxhunter's  
Hornpipes: The Flowing Tide; The Fairies' Hornpipe
Reels: The Oak Tree; The Music in the Glen
Planxty: Planxty Johnson
Slip Jig: Gurly's Frolics
Reels: The Spey in Spate; The Hurricane

6/8 Marches: Alan MacPherson of Mosspark; The Jig of Slurs
Reels: The Thrush in the Storm; The Flogging Reel
12/8 Jig and Reels: Ask My Father; Lads of Laoise; The Connaught Heifers
Reels: The Bird in the Bush; The Boy in the Gap; MacMahon's Reel
Jigs: Strike the Gay Harp; Shores of Lough Gowna
Shetland Reels: Jack Broke the Prison Door; Donald Blue; Wha'll Dance wi'

[Out on CD/in US on Green Linnet GLCD 3064]

1977  Dick Gaughan/Kist O'Gold  Trailer LER 2103

      Recorded and produced by Bill Leader.

The Earl of Errol
The Granemore hare
Rigs o' Rye
The gipsy laddies
Lord Randal
Maggie Lauder; Cathaoir an Iarla (The earl's chair)

Banks of green willow
51st Highland Division's Farewell to Sicily
The City of Savannah; Ril gan ainm
Raglan Road
Johnny Miner
The ballad of accounting

1977  Five Hand Reel/For A' That  RCA  PL 25066
                           Re-released in 1987 as Black Crow Records CRO 212
      Bobby Eaglesham; Dick Gaughan; Tom Hickland; Barry Lyons; Dave Tulloch

      Recorded at Impulse Studios, Wallsend.
      Produced by Geoff Heslop.
      Mixed at CBS Studios.

Bratach Bana
Pinch Of Snuff
A Man's A Man For A' That
Haugh's O' Cromdale
Ae Fond Kiss

P Stands For Paddy; Paddy Fahey's Reel
The Cruel Brother
Lochanside; The Jig Of Slurs; Linda Brechin's; The Marquis Of Tullybardine

1978  Dick Gaughan; Dave Burland; Tony Capstick/Songs of Ewan MacColl
                                            Rubber Records   RUB027
      Produced by Geoff Heslop
      Engineered by Mickey Sweeney
      Recorded at Impulse Studios

Ballad Of Accounting (Capstick)
Moving-On Song (Burland)
Jamie Foyers (Gaughan)
Freeborn Man (Capstick)
The Manchester Rambler (Burland)
Schooldays End (Gaughan)

Thirty-Foot Trailer (Gaughan)
The Big Hewer (Capstick)
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Burland)
Sweet Thames Flow Softly (Burland)
Shoals Of Herring (all)

1978  Dick Gaughan/Gaughan  Topic  12 TS 384
      Barry Lyons plays bass guitar on `Crooked Jack'.

      Recorded at Riverside Studios.
      Produced by Tony Engle.

Bonnie Jeannie o'Bethelnie
Bonnie Lass Amang the Heather
Crooked Jack
The Recruited Collier
The Pound a Week Rise

My Donald
Willie o' Winsbury
Such a Parcel o'Rogues in a Nation
Gillie Mhor

[When this was put out on CD additional tracks were added:

6/8 Marches: Alan MacPherson of Mosspark; The Jig of Slurs
12/8 Jig and Reels: Ask My Father; Lads of Laoise; The Connaught Heifers
Jigs: Strike the Gay Harp; Shores of Lough Gowna
Shetland Reels: Jack Broke the Prison Door; Donald Blue; Wha'll Dance wi'

from `Coppers and Brass'

Bonnie Woodha'
The Auchengeich Disaster

from `The Bonnie Pit Laddie', on Topic in 1975, which David Lashbrook reports
was a double album by the High Level Ranters, an anthology of mining songs
from the North East of England with two tracks each from guests Dick Gaughan
and Harry Boardman with songs from Scotland and Lancashire respectively.
It was recorded and produced by Tony Engle. (2-12TS271/2).]

1978  Five Hand Reel/Earl O' Moray  RCA  PL 25150
      Bobby Eaglesham; Dick Gaughan; Tom Hickland; Barry Lyons; Dave Tulloch

      Recorded at Rockfield Studios.
      Produced by Simon Nicol.
      Mixed at CBS Studios. 

My Love is like a Red Red Rose
The Child on the Road
The Bonnie Earl o' Moray

The Trooper and the Maid
The Beef-can close
Jackson and Jane
Freedom Come-All-Ye

[Dick's daughter was taken very ill and he dropped out of `Five Hand Reel',
being replaced by Sam Bracken. `Five Hand Reel' recorded one more album,
`A Bunch of Fives' (Topic  12 TS 406) in 1979 before disbanding.] 

1981 Various/Folk Friends 2   FolkFreak 

Tom Loock writes from Madison, Wisconsin:
An album missed was "Folk Friends 2", which is a session
album by Dick, Alex Campbell, Andy Irvine, Wizz Jones and many others. It
includes among its 21 songs:
* The World Turned Upside Down (Rosselson) - Dick, vocal and guitar
* The Father's Song (Ewan MacColl) - Dick, vocal and guitar
* Thousands Are Sailing To Amerikay (Trad.) - Dick, guitar + Andy Irvine,
vocal and bouzouki
* Siege Of A Nation (Mikis Theodorakis) - Dick, guitar with Finbar Furey,
flute and tin whistle / Davey Arthur, guitar and mandolin / John Faulkner,
fiddle / Joerg Suckow, cello / Lydie Auvray, accordion
* Lassie Lie Near Me (Trad.) - Dick, vocal and guitar
* The John MacLean March - Dick, guitar with Alex Campbell, vocal / Finbar
Furey, whistle / John Faulkner, fiddle
* The Waterford Waltz - Dick, guitar with Dolores Keane, concert flute /
Finbar, bagpipes / Andy Irvine, bouzouki / John Faulkner, fiddle

The album was recorded on October 16-28 1980 at the Windmill of
Hannes Wader, a German folksinger, and produced by Carsten Linde, who also
issued it on his FolkFreak label; he later re-issued the CD on his
Wundert\"ute label and it is still available. The vinyl double-album
was issued in 1981, and the CD re-issued in 1990. 

[Out on CD on the Wintert\"ute labal CD TUET 72.150]

1981  Dick Gaughan/Handful of Earth  Topic  12 TS 419
      with Brian McNeill, Phil Cunningham and Stewart Isbister. 
      Recorded by Robin Morton at Temple Studios.
Now Westlin Winds
Craigie Hill
World turned upside down
The snows they melt the soonest

Lough Erne; First kiss at parting
Scojun waltz; Randers hopsa
Song for Ireland
Worker's Song
Both sides the Tweed

[Out on CD/in US as Green Linnet GLCD 3062]

1982  Dick Gaughan; Andy Irvine/Parallel Lines  Folk Freak  FF 4007
      with Martin Buschmann, Nollaigh Ni Cathasaigh, Judith Jaenicke,
      Bob Lenox.

      Recorded in August 1981 at Tonstudio St. Blasien.
      Produced by Dick Gaughan, Andy Irvine and Carsten Linde.

The Creggan white hare
The Lads o' the Fair; Leith Docks
At Twenty-one
My Back Pages; Afterthoughts

The Dodgers Song
Captain Thunderbolt
Captain Colston
Floo'ers o' the Forest

[Out on CD/in US as Green Linnet SIF 3201]

1983  Dick Gaughan/A Different Kind of Love Song  Celtic Music  CM 017
      with Dave Pegg, Dave Tulloch, Will Lindfors, Bob Lenox, Judy Sweeney,
      Alan Tall.

      Recorded in June 1987 at Tonstudio St. Blasien, Northeim, West Germany.
      Produced by Dick Gaughan and Carsten Linde.

      `Revolution' recorded by Robin Morton at Temple Sound Studio.
      Produced by Dick Gaughan.

A Different Kind of Love Song
Prisoner 562
Song of Choice
The Father's Song

Think again
As I walked on the road
Stand up for Judas
By the people
Games people play

[Out on CD as Celtic Music CM CD 017/ Folk Freak FF CD 404013]

1983  Various   Songs for Peace   Rounder Records 4015/Folk Freak   

      Produced by Carsten Linde and Martin Jeremias

Dick sings a studio version of `Your sons and your daughters'

1984  Various   Out of the Darkness --- Fire on the Mountain 4001  

      Recorded at Bay Records, Almeda, California

Dick performs a cover of Jim Brown's song `As I walked on the road'.
It must have been recorded in 1983 says Sally Greenberg.

1985  Dick Gaughan; Ken Hyder/Fanfare for Tomorrow  Impetus  IMP 18506

      Recorded at Cold Storage Studio, Brixton on 22/23 March 1985.
      Produced by Dick Gaughan, Ken Hyder and Tim Hodgkinson.

Sharpeville '85
Fanfare for tomorrow

Political Prisoners
Salute to Pitheid & Clachan
News from nowhere

1985  Dick Gaughan/Live in Edinburgh  Celtic Music  CM 030  

      Recorded live and mixed in Edinburgh.
      Produced by Dick Gaughan.

Now Westlin' Winds
Which side are you on?
Victor Jara of Chile
Workers Song

Your daughters and your sons
Four green fields
Ballad of accounting
Jamie Foyers
World turned upsidedown

[Out on CD]

1986  Dick Gaughan/True and Bold  Songs of the Scottish Miners  STUC 2
      with Clarke Sorley, Allan Tall, Jim Sutherland, Billy Jackson.

      Recorded and mixed at Sirocco Studios, Kilmarnock.
      Produced by Dick Gaughan and Clarke Sorley.

Miner's Life is Like a Sailor's
Schooldays end
Farewell to 'Cotia
Auchengeich disaster
Pound a week rise
Collier Laddie

Which side are you on?
Drunk rent collector
Blantyre explosion
One miner's life
Ballad of '84

[Out on CD]
1987    Various/Woody Lives (A tribute to Woody Guthrie)    Black Crow CRO217

        Features Rod Clements, Dick Gaughan, Ray Jackson,
                 Bert Jansch, Rory MacLeod, Rab Noakes, Pat Rafferty

        Produced by Geoff Heslop
        Recorded at Cluny Studios, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Hard Travellin'
This Land is Your Land
Vigilante Man*
Pretty Boy Floyd

Philadelphia Lawyer*
Do Re Mi*
Pastures of Plenty*
Tom Joad
Will You Miss Me

*  features Dick Gaughan
1988  Dick Gaughan/Call it Freedom  Celtic Music  CM 041

      Recorded and mixed at Pier House Studios, Edinburgh.
      Produced by Dick Gaughan.

Bulmer's Fancy; The Silver Spire
What You Do With What You've Got
Ludlow Masacre
That's The WAy The River Runs

Call it Freedom
When I'm Gone
Seven Good Soldiers
Fifty Years From Now; Yardheads

Tom Loock reports that his friend Carsten Linde once showed him an alternate 
version of `Call it Freedom' which contained the `Anti-Bob-Dylan-Song'. This 
was cut from the released version for legal reasons.

[Out on CD]

1990  Davy Steele   Summerlee         Celtic Music CMCD 046

Dick plays electric guitar on `Quietly Sing You to Sleep' and
acoustic guitar on `The Rose O' Summerlee'.

1990 Billy Bragg   The Internationale   Elektra/Utility 9 60960-2

Dick duets with Billy on `The Red Flag'.

ANTHOLOGIES supplied by Sally Greenberg

1975  Various   Our Folk Music Heritage   Trailer LET SAM 2087

The Boys of the Lough (with Dick Gaughan) have 1 track `Docherty's Reel/
The Flowing Tide' from the 1973 album `Boys of the Lough'. Dick Gaughan 
(with Aly Bain) has 1 track `Rattlin' roarin' Willie/ The friar's britches' 
from the album `No More Forever'.

1992  Various  Folk Heritage  MCBX004A

This is a 3 CD Box set released by HMV/Music Club International. The CD 
containing the Dick Gaughan song is also labelled as `Folk Heritage II'
(MCCD049) so perhaps it was also issued separately. Dick Gaughan has 1 track
`The World Turned Upside Down' from the album `Handful of Earth'.

1992  Various  Heart of the Gaels  Green Linnet GLCD 105

Dick Gaughan has 1 track `Song for Ireland' from the album `Handful of 

1993  Various  The Folk Collection  Topic TSCD470

Dick Gaughan has 1 track `Now Westlin' Winds' from the album `Handful of 
The albums I haven't got are `Songs of Ewan MacColl' with Dave Burland and Tony Capstick and `Folk Freak 2' which is a session album. Tom Loock has suppled details of `Folk Freak 2' and David Lashbrook has suppled `Songs of Ewan MacColl' as well as correcting my mistakes. Mike Fordyce came in with `Woody Lives', a tribute to Woody Guthrie, which is also new to me. Sally Greenberg added lots of bits and pieces.

Douglas Clark. 31 May 1995. d.g.d.clark@bath.ac.uk

We all wait eagerly for the Clan Alba set.

Copyright (c) 1995, Ceolas/Douglas Clark.

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