Alasdair Roberts | Emily Portman | Rachel Newton | Lucy Farrell
We are releasing a Digital EP today of The Tamosher, along with 3 live recordings of tracks from Wild Hog
1, The Tamosher
2, Polly Vaughn (Live in the stalls, Halifax Square Chapel)
3, Chur M'Athair Mise dhan Taigh (Live backstage, Birmingham MAC)
4, Dear Companion (Live in the bar the Cumberland, Newcastle)
We learnt 'The Tamosher' from the singing of the late Perthshire Traveller singer Betsy Whyte, who was also well-known as the author of the autobiographical book 'The Yellow on the Broom'. It's a song about concealed pregnancy and childbirth, a relatively common theme in both Scottish and English tradition with other examples including songs such as 'A Wee Bird Cam Tae My Apron' and 'Gathering Rushes'. One theory about the origin of the term 'tamosher' suggests that it might be a corruption of 'stomacher', referring to a triangular panel women wore over the chest ending in a stiff point over the stomach. Another theory suggests that it may be related to a Gaelic term for reproach, disgrace or offence – but Betsy herself believed that 'tamosher' is an old Scots word for 'the thing that makes a wean'.
Thanks to Chris Cornwell for this fantastic video for WILD HOG!!
Polly Vaughn (Live in the stalls, Halifax Square Chapel)
Chur M'Athair Mise dhan Taigh (Live backstage, Birmingham MAC)
Dear Companion (Live in the bar the Cumberland, Newcastle)
Songs full of death and magic.’ The Guardian****
WILD HOG | 4.11.16