The Cumbie Boys . . . “Parkheid is their new Jerusalem!”


Stumbled across a mention of this song in an old Celtic magazine about the infamous Gorbals gang, the Cumbie Boys (from Cumberland Street) in a 60s song made famous by the Scottish folk singer, Hamish Imlach.


These boys happily carried on the Gorbals tradition as a Celtic stronghold:


“And the Cumbie Boys are Roman Catholic
Tae Chapel they’ve been wance or twice
But Parkheid is their new Jerusalem
And Jock Stein their latter-day Christ”


You can listen to Hamish singing the popular song song here:


The song also makes reference to one of the Cumbie Boys’ rival gangs from Bridgeton, the Derry Boys. Needless to say they kicked with a different foot:

“Noo the Derry Boys are devout Christians,
That’s plain baith to hear and to see
Their language is really religious:
‘Jesus Christ!’ ‘Oh my God!’ ‘FTP!’


Some of Hamish’s songs are favourites of the leading Irish singer/songwriter Christy Moore (‘Black is the Colour’ especially) and he is credited with helping the careers of John Martyn and Billy Connolly at an early stage.  He was once invited to join The Dubliners.


Hamish himself started out singing Irish rebel songs in a band called ‘The Emmettones’ whose singles, released in 1960, included Erin Go Bragh, Johnson’s Motor Car and Bold Robert Emmett, some still familiar to Celtic fans today.


Read more about Hamish Imlach here:


Hamish Imlach cover


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