This website has been developed by Ewan McVicar to assist Scottish teachers and pupils find the Scots songs they need for project and thematic work.
STOP PRESS I have just published a book for primary school teachers based on this site and my Education Scotland site 'Scotland's Songs'. Get details here.
On the left you can select to use Scots songs for Early Years, thematic songs, and collections of regional songs.
Photograph by Michele Dillon,
to see more of her photos press here.
The material in this site builds on Learning & Teaching Scotland's SCOTLAND'S SONGS much-praised site, find site here.
To get a pdf leaflet that summarises what is on the LTS site and includes a flowchart of the site press here.
For a website that supports and elaborates on the LTS site, with lists, notes, a glossary and more press here.
On the present website you will also find texts of and notes about more Scots songs that have been tried and found useful in schools.
Ewan is happy to
A] supply or help you locate recorded versions of the songs that are on this site, and many of the songs on the LTS site,
B] supply or help you locate other songs or types of Scots music you are searching for,
C] recommend Scots songs and music that might be useful for topics you are working on or planning for,
D] supply or help you find singers, musicians or storytellers who can come to your school to do workshops with classes or in-service sessions.
Here are a few examples of what you can find on the LTS Scotland's Songs site. Press on the highlighted title to listen.
Bananas Are The Best, an absolute favourite with Primary kids.
Fitba Crazy, another fun gem for primaries.
Collier Sweetheart, a coalmine lament written with 10 year olds in the school attended by the 1921 victims.
Shift And Spin, very popular with young and older people.
Winter Night, a Russian poem, a Scottish tune, two Scots singers and four Russian opera singers.
.If you would like to see more new lyrics made to old tunes by Scottish primary classes select the SCHOOL-MADE SONGS page. You might find it useful to customise or localise them for use in your class, or as a spur to creating your class's own songs. You could then send us your new lyrics to be included.
Use the Contact Us option on the left to contact Ewan.