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Best Scottish accents in recorded folk music?

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    I was wondering if anybody could tell me which Scottish folk singers have the best representative Scottish accent. I like listening to the Corries and Alistair McDonald, and whomever else I can find. Can anyone tell me what regional accents these three men use(d), and whether it is similar or different to how people speak in those regions today? Outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh, how do people pronounce things? My friends and I are putting together an album of Scottish patriotic songs. Although we will never sound 100% Scottish, we being Yanks, we want to give it our best shot. It's a little frustrating hearing words pronounced one way in one recording, and another way in another recording. But of course we have that problem in the US too, with several broad regional accents and many local ones.

    We'd like to know for instance, if someone were to piece together what accent and pronunciations might be best for the Robert Burns songs, and also for ones that are specifically pertaining to the highlands-- how does a current (or historical) highland accent differ from a typical lowland Scots accent?
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  • #2
    I replied in your welcome post!


    • #3
      Michael Marra
      dick Geoghan
      Dougie Maclean
      Karine Polwart

      Just a few to be going on with!


      • #4
        Thanks, Polwarth, I'll check them out.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Intergaelica View Post
          how does a current (or historical) highland accent differ from a typical lowland Scots accent?
          Well, for Highland accents you don't want to listen to re-runs of "Take The High Road" or even the more up-to-date series like "Monarch Of The Glen".

          While Highland accents are quite distinct from each other eg Stornoway, Inverness (usually said to be Scotland's best accent), Ross-shire, Oban, Campbeltown etc etc, I'm so out of touch I can't help to give you modern examples you can listen to.

          Maybe Polwarth or someone can help ?

          Maybe You Tube might have examples if the right search is done ?


          • #6
            Yeah, I just wasn't sure how best to search on You-Tube. You have given me some good ideas. Thanks.
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            • #7
              my first thought was michael marra...though its a dundee accent.

              cant think of any more at the mo but if i do ill let you know


              • #8
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