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Sandy MacDonald of Skye/The Great Exodus

Sandy was an old man that worked as a navvy with Dermod, though he was probably only in his forties. He had a hacking cough and was merely a bag of bones but laboured hard with his fellow workmates. One evening in the winter, he declared that he longed to see his home of Skye once more before he left this world for good. Moleskin Joe got a money collection together from all the other navvies (by force and otherwise!) and gave Sandy the money needed to go home. With plans to go home the next day, he went to bed with a happy heart but alas, passed away in his sleep.
The following summer, the squad were given their final pay and told that their services were no longer needed. Together they set off down the mountains towards Glasgow, old and young alike, “an army of scarecrows, ragged, unkempt scarecrows of civilisation”, in search of the next job.

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And dip in some enchanted page,
Or linger o’er a story told
By some grey chronicler of old,
The dreamer of a long-past age.

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from The Road Across the Hills, released February 22, 2019
Music composed by Gráinne Brady with 'A Navvy's Philosophy' by Patrick MacGill

Gráinne Brady – fiddle
Andrew Waite – piano accordion
Innes White – guitar, tenor guitar
Steve Forman - percussion

Jack Houston – spoken word

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Gráinne Brady Glasgow, UK

Gráinne Brady is a Glasgow based fiddle player and composer, originally from Co. Cavan, Ireland.

‘...a composer of enormous talents. ... Her composition approaches take many directions, all of which show unique connections to the chosen stories behind each piece, from magical rhythms to roaring high tempo melodies, all of which connect to you as a listener. ’
Pádraig Rynne, NOTIFY
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