|Tags:||folk scottish folk scottish celtic traditional|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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One of Scotlands most popular and enduring British folk acts, the Corries rose to prominence during the mid-60s when founder member Bill Smith (guitar/vocals) was joined by Ronnie Browne (guitar/vocals) and Roy Williamson (1937, d. 12 August 1990; guitar, vocals, concertina, harmonica, bodhran, kazoo, mandolin). Initially known as the Corrie Folk Trio, their early releases for the Waverley label also featured singer Paddie Bell (b. Belfast, Northern Ireland, d. 3 August 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland), who left in 1965. The acts early repertoire comprised largely traditional material, but Williamson soon began writing songs fashioned in this style. His haunting composition, Flower Of Scotland, has since been adopted as Scotlands unofficial national anthem. This skilled craftsman also built many exotic instruments by hand, including two called Combolins that combined several fretted instruments into one.