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What version of the Loch Lomond song did Helen Houston play on Scotland Tour?

Help - Just need to know the version of the Loch Lomond Helen Houston played on the bus as we passed Loch Lomond on our way to Stirling Castle (what group played it, etc.). Thanks! Hello Helen, if you're reading. It was a pleasure to have you as our guide in 2016.

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Hi, sruett,

Obviously I wasn't on that tour, but perhaps I can help. Was the singer male or female? Was it a full band version (i.e.: with a lot of instruments), or just a guitar or piano accompaniment? Hundreds of people have recorded the song over the years.

Mike (Auchterless)

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Thank you for responding. It’s been almost three years, so here goes my memory. Male singer with lots of instruments. I’ve searched YouTube but can’t seem to find it. ?

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Could you contact Helen Houston through the RS office? Or ask the office to contact her with the question.

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Hi, sruett,

If it was about seven minutes long, with a recurring line of Gaelic (ho ro leannan bhoidheach) in the middle, it's definitely Runrig. They originally released the studio version on Highland Connection (1979), when Donnie Munro was the lead singer. The studio version clocks in at just over five minutes. They have recorded several live versions, most of which are about seven minutes long, and mostly with their new lead singer, Bruce Guthro (who, unfortunately, isn't Scottish). One of the best live versions on CD, featuring Donnie Munro, is on Runrig's 1988 CD Once in a Lifetime. Now that Runrig have retired from recording and touring, the CDs are coming down in price.

In concert, they usually do Loch Lomond as the second to the last song in the encore, followed by Hearts of Olden Glory, but you can check the song out on YouTube, as there are versions from the Donnie Munro days and the Bruce Guthro days.

Enjoy! Maybe you'll become a Runrig convert!

Slainte!

Mike (Auchterless)

p.s.: If you love Scotland, and can listen to Hearts of Olden Glory without a lump in your throat, there's no hope for you!

p.p.s.: Donny's live version = www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHu0h9XaNcg
Bruce's live version = www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwun83po2u4

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Hi Mike -

Thank goodness! I thought it might be just me* who was tearing up during ‘Hearts of Olden Glory’!

*And the entire population of Scotland too, obviously!

Ian

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All great posts!!! THANK YOU ALL.

These don’t seem to be it, though good versions to be true. I think I will follow Norma’s advice and try to get a message to Helen Houston, our wonderful Scotland tour guide.

Again, thanks to all who contributed!