the song
title : Blooming heather
written by : traditional, arranged Kate Rusby
song copyright : no copyright / arrangement © 2007 Pure Records Ltd

the performance
musicians
Kate Rusby lead vocal
with :
Ian Carr electric guitar
Andy Cutting accordion
John Hudson harmony vocal
John McCusker fiddle
Eddi Reader harmony vocal
Andy Seward double bass
and string quartet :
Greg Lawson violin
Fiona Stephen violin
Jacobus Frick viola
Christof Fourie cello
music
key : C major
time-signature : 6/8
tempo : MM 121 (quaver)
form : V C V C c′ V C Cx p
lyrics

Blooming heather

oh the summer time is coming
and the trees are sweetly blooming
and the wild mountain thyme
grows around the blooming heather

will ye go lassie go
and we’ll all go together
to pull wild mountain thyme
all around the blooming heather

will ye go lassie go

I will build my love a bower
by yon pure crystal fountain
and on it I will pile
all the flowers of the mountain

will ye go lassie go
and we’ll all go together
to pull wild mountain thyme
all around the blooming heather

will ye go lassie go

if my true love she won’t come
I will surely find another
to pull wild mountain thyme
all around the blooming heather

will ye go lassie go
and we’ll all go together
to pull wild mountain thyme
all around the blooming heather

will ye go lassie go
and we’ll all go together
to pull wild mountain thyme
all around the blooming heather

will ye go lassie go
will ye go lassie go

explanations
part of the backing vocal is provided by John Hudson alone (baritone voice, shown in the above lyrics by dark cyan text); Eddi adds a third harmony line most of the time there are backing vocals (shown in normal ‘with backing vocal’ green text)

the recording
personnel
produced by : Kate Rusby (and Joe helped)
recorded by : Joe Rusby at Pure Studios, Yorkshire; additional engineering by Andy Seward
mixed by : Joe Rusby at Pure Studios, Yorkshire
mastered by : Bunt Stafford-Clark at Town House
technical
signal path : DDD
track timing : 4:44
song timing : 4:41
released on
album : Awkward Annie track 11