Song of the day (18th April) – Lauren Aquilina – “Way Too Good”.

Lauren Aquilina is my old-new discovery. I’ve known her and her music for a while but only recently I started to listen to her more and like her more. She has some really cool and often very wise lyrics I think, and a very nice voice too. Many of her songs are actually relatable for me, possibly because Lauren has been through the depression, or maybe simply because I can connect to her music. Here’s her song “Way Too Good”.

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KT Tunstall – “Suddenly I See”.

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Practically it’s very recently that I’ve learned about this singer, but actually she’s not that unknown and soon after I learned about her I realised that I know one of her songs since many years, and I have really good associations with her. It’s also generally very cool and KT has an interesting voice, so this is my pick for today.

Song of the day (6th March) – King Creosote – “Bluebell, Cockleshell, 123”.

This is the first song by King Creosote that I’ve ever heard and something drawn me immediately to his music. I like that you can hear both folkish and more alternative influences in his music. But what I guess drew me to his music then was that this song, although so very cheerful and major and carefree in tone, especially with those children chiming in, is actually about a funeral… I like such unobvious combinations. But then I discovered the whole album from which this song comes, “From Scotland With Love”, and it absorbed me so much that I went through it all a few times almost in a row, it was so powerful and moving. The album is the soundtrack to the documentary, called also “From Scotland With Love” about scotland and Scottish people who had become forgotten with years, about their lives, often harrowing life stories and collective history of the Scottish people. Scotland is one of my favourite countries, I haven’t watched the documentary itself but just the album makes a huge impression, carries so many feelings in it, you can strongly feel it even if you’re not Scottish yourself. But still, because this song was the one I heard first, and it made me so surprised, I guess that’s why I love it the most. King Creosote is Kenny Anderson, and he is from Fife in Scotland. Actually, after I had a listen (or a few as I said) to “From Scotland With Love”, I noticed that he also enjoys some attention from the Polish radio which was quite a big discovery for me. One public radiostation seems to like his music. 🙂

Song of the day (4th March) – Emma Thompson & Peigi Barker, Ashley Serena ft. Karliene – “A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal” – “Noble Maiden Fair”.

 

Some time ago, I shared with you guys a couple songs by Scottish singer Julie Fowlis, who sings in Scottish Gaelic, and I wrote that Julie Fowlis became known to some wider audience because of the Disney film called “Brave” where she sang two songs in English. I didn’t show them as there is so much more great and far less known music from Julie Fowlis, but I’d like to share something from “Brave” now. This song “A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal” or “Noble Maiden Fair” in English, is sung in the film by queen Elinor (Emma Thompson, Merida’s mother) and Merida (Peigi Barker). They sing it when Merida is desperate to get her mother back as a human after she is transformed to a bear, and while the girl is having a memory of herself with her mother. It is a beautiful lullaby. I, being in love with all things Celtic, listened to the song before I even knew that this film exists and was quite surprised to hear it there, haha. I loved “Brave”, and still do, much enough to infect my sister, I started loving it because it seemed so very Celtic to me. While I still like it, I find that much of the Celticness in it is rather very stereotypical and artificial, which is sad, but I guess to be expected in a Disney film, however it’s good that they wanted to make Celtic culture more widely popular.

When it comes to this song, as I read somewhere it seems like it’s actually a direct translation from English, not a Gaelic song really, and also, Emma Thompson who plays Merida’s mother, is ENglish, and not a gaelic speaker, so even I, although I don’t speak Gaelic, only small bits and pieces, but managed to figure out its phonetics, was  able to say, or have a strong suspicion, that something is wrong with her Gaelic. Peigi on the other hand does it a bit better, because as I’ve been able to find out she had studied some Gaelic. While I loved Emma Thompson as Merida’s mum, and she sang it well, I wonder a bit why if they had someone like Julie Fowlis in the cast, they didn’t get her to sing it, she’d do it great, and it would be more authentic! Despite lacks in the linguistic sphere though, the song is very nice musically, and I love the harp in it.

But also, since I’ve been sharing some Karliene’s music with you, I thought I’d share her beautiful cover of this song, made in collaboration with Ashley Serena. While they both don’t speak Scottish Gaelic either, their version is also beautiful and with fabulous and much more present harp as well. I also have a feeling that despite linguistical lacks it’s somehow even more Celtic than the original for some reason, despite that part of it is actually in English. The English part is the translation (or original?) of the Gaelic version. Enjoy and let me know which one you like more. 🙂

Song of the day (3rd March) – Karliene – “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme”.

And here’s another song from Karliene, it is a traditional Irish ballad which she covered, and I like the symbolic language in it a lot, I think it’s incredibly beautiful.

Song of the day (2nd March) – Karliene – “I Will Be No Mistress”.

I would like to dedicate a couple of posts to share with you some songs by this great English artist – Karliene Reynolds. – She is really great, I like how expressive she is, how very versatile and just simply interesting her music is, that it is folk but often with some modern influences, but that she also often refers to the history in her music, and the effect is always very natural and genuine. Also, what I like about Karliene’s music, is how feminine it is, her lyrics often have to do with women – either some historical figures or just womanhood/femininity, and she does it in a great way. – This song comes from the album that is a tribute to Anne Boleyn, and is I think my most favourite song on it.

Kate Rusby – “Withered And Died”.

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Here’s another song by Kate Rusby. It was written by Richard Thompson and the first version of this song that I’ve ever heard was by Linda Thompson, which I really liked a lot. But I think Kate’s version is even more beautiful. 🙂