The Bonny Swans is one of my favorite songs by Loreena McKennitt. I think McKennitt is at her absolute best when she is interpreting other textual sources, and in this case she was working from the same story that Pentangle told in the other song I posted recently, Cruel Sister. Her version is closest to the old English fairy tale Binnorie, using many of the same lyric devices. In any case, it’s a great song and here is my take on it, which rocks a lot harder than hers does.
To record this I used my Warmoth Strat (the one in the pictures) and once again, my home made Marshall 18 Watt amp with an extra gain stage.
This song is another in the series of “drowned women” songs, obviously – it’s the same story as Cruel Sister, after all.
Hope somebody enjoys it.