“The Lochmaben Harper” is one of those appealing folk songs telling a story that gets a smile. Yet, as is often true, a lot relies on the performance.
I took some photos a few years back, at the launch of Emily Smith's second album. She introduced the song with a bit of the tale, and sang it with the wit and the wink it needs and deserves. I remember it as a brilliant gig all round, actually.
Emily's won a bunch of awards, and is well worth listening to. You can get her music, including this track, on iTunes.