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A disappearing way of life in the streets and closes of the Glasgow tenements, and children singing traditional street songs. (clip)

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Reference number: 0806

Date: 1966*

Director: d. Edward Joffe

Production company: Grampian Television

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 26.50 mins

Description: Traditional songs reflecting emigration, set to scenes of farewells and the old ways of life.

Credits: w. Evelyn Hood
singers Archie Fisher, Peter Mallan, Ronald Morrison, and The Linnet Girls' Choir (cond. Anne Nicol solo. Sheena Cargill)
m. arr. & cond. Alex Sutherland
voices John Young, Isobel Gardner
cam. Gordon Coull, Charles Flynn
ed. Roy Smith
d. Brian Ranger

Shotlist: Credits. [Greenock?] Scenes of farewell at quayside as passengers leave their loved ones and take small steamer out to large passenger liner, "Empress of England" anchored off-shore (1.10); Shots of passengers boarding liner (1.24); Anchor lifted, the ship sails off, streamers billowing from upper decks (1.33); A passenger looks landwards (1.38); Ship sails out of sea with shots of passengers on deck and shots of those they left behind (2.34); Old Scots song over general shots of Scottish scenery (4.24); Second song over shots of waves breaking on rocky shore and shots of a few houses on cliff top (6.40); A young boy perched on a cliff top looking out to sea (7.03); Third song over shots of horse-drawn plough turning over top soil in field (8.20); Corn stooks are gathered and taken by horse and cart to large haystacks (9.00); Shots of dilapidated sea jetty (9.25); Fourth song to shots of fishermen hauling in nets and sorting catch on deck (10.53); Shots of derelict and ruined cottages (11.52); Old men on bench by roadside (12.05); Shots taken at night of burning cottage (12.51); Fifth song over shots of tearful farewells on quayside at Greenock (15.36); Zoom out from steamer making its way out to ocean liner (15.54); Picturesque shots of Scottish scenery (16.33); Interior shots in steel mill (16.57); Children playing in back courts of city tenements and singing traditional songs and verses (19.54); Tenement buildings on canal bank and shots of filthy canal water (20.36); Picturesque shots around Scotland intercut with city children in back courts (22.35); Derelict cottage (23.16); Windswept moorland and beach (24.21); ecs (26.50)