Week 49: Queen among the heather, Now westlin winds, Old Molly Metcalfe

Three unaccompanied songs this week, just for a change, all of them on a moorland theme.

Queen among the heather is a slightly romanticised account of a socially awkward encounter on the Scottish moors; a popular theme, to judge from the number of variants that exist.

Now westlin winds is one of Robert Burns’s most beautiful poems (a.k.a. “Song composed in August”); all about love and nature and bloodsports (he’s in favour of two of these).

Jake Thackray’s Old Molly Metcalfe is about someone else you might meet on the moors; her story doesn’t end well.

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