Marty is delighted that he’s finally managed to squeeze a song from the North-East of Scotland (or is it?!) into this series of the podcast. To be fair, it’s a pretty decent song – The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie.
Also variously known as Pretty Peggy of Derby, Pretty Peggy-O, The Maid of Fife and Fennario, there’s lots in this song to speculate about, a few things to draw conclusions from and even a bit of evidence to help unravel its story. We hope you enjoy our take on it.
As a post-recording note, it was Joan Baez’s maternal grandfather, rather than her dad, who was based at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. It’ll make sense once you’ve listened.
Some references and further reading are to be found on the podcast site – scottishsongguide.com
The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie by The Sorries (taken from the album Land of the Leal – 2010)
Peggy of Darby or The Dandys by The Sorries (podcast session recording – 2022)
Eveleen’s Bower (Pretty Girl of Derby O) (later words & melody) by The Sorries (podcast session recording – 2022)