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Twa Corbies

Carl Edlund Anderson on April 08, 2014 16:31

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This is a "folk metal" version of the Scottish border ballad "Twa Corbies". The lyrics are traditional; originally collected without a tune, they are nowadays often heard with a music based principally on a Breton melody called "An Alarc'h" ("The Swan"). For my version, besides generally rocking it up with a kind of "Dio-era Sabbath" vibe ;) I've added a short bridge-like riff of my own composition that occurs after some verses.

Originally recorded in late 2007, for this release the bass was re-recorded (and everything else remixed) in 2014. All guitar/bass amplification was done using Amplitube 3; drums were programed in Doggiebox with nskit_7 samples by Natural Studio. Samples used are from and

I'm honoured that on 03 March 2008 a lecture entitled "Border Ballads, Past and Present" by folk-music researcher and professional singer Poppy Holden for the Music in the North East and Borders module of the International Centre for Music Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne quoted my an earlier version of my interpretation of "Twa Corbies" as an example of living border ballad tradition. Traditional music will never die: it just gets louder! :)

"Twa Corbies" by Carl Edlund Anderson is licensed under a Creative Commons License


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