Brian Ives of Radio.com has been speaking with Thomas Golubic, music supervisor of the AMC series Turn, about the music featured in the series. Because the article contains major spoilers, we’ve extracted the parts pertaining to Gary and Johnny’s song below. If you would like to read the whole article complete with spoilers, visit the original source.
[…] During this scene, we hear “Jock O’Hazeldean” performed by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid.
Thomas Golubic spoke to Radio.com about the choice of song and performer: “Our showrunner Craig Silverstein wanted to retain a note of melancholy in their union, as it’s a fleeting one. Both Abe and Anna are married to others despite a lifelong love. The song ‘Jock O’Hazeldean’ tells the tale of a lord convincing a weeping young lady that his son is a worthy suitor. The woman’s heart, however, belongs to another. Despite the lord’s offers of riches and gold, she follows her heart and flees to be with her true love, Jock O’Hazeldean. It was producer Tony Berg’s idea to reach out to Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol to interpret ‘Jock O’Hazeldean.’ It turned out to be a perfect choice. Gary’s soft, heartfelt delivery and Johnny’s plaintive guitar balance beautifully against each other, and with Tony’s tasteful guidance the song is poignant, simple, and sincere.”
Tony Berg, who has produced most of the show’s musical performances (and who has worked with Phantom Planet, Lisa Loeb and Michael Penn, among many others) told Radio.com, “Gary and Johnny are friends from way back. But I was struck by their uncanny ability to take a three hundred-year-old song and and make it sound relevant to a modern audience.”
As Golubic says, the song’s lyrics end with a scene at the church for her wedding: “The lady was not seen/ For she’s over the border and away/ With Jock o’ Hazeldean.” […]
Lightbody and McDaid’s “Jock O’Hazeldean” will be available on the forthcoming Turn soundtrack, which will also include, Laura Marling and Jonathan Wilson’s take on ‘Bonny Portmore,’ Jake Bugg’s cover of ‘Turpin Hero,’ Sarah Blasko’s rendition of ‘Spanish Ladies,’ and theme song ‘Hush’ by Joy Williams of the Civil Wars and Matt Berninger of The National.