Sinéad O’Connor – “He Moved Through The Fair”.

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As much as I don’t really care too much for Sinéad O’Connor as an individual, and don’t even like all of her music, I really do like some of her songs a lot, and especially many of her renditions of Irish folk songs are absolutely great. I really like this one, too. I’ve already shared it in two versions, a harp instrumental by

Carol Thompson

and a capella by the stunning

Anne Briggs,

so this is yet another one, and totally different from the both previous ones, also in that it’s actually from a female perspective which I also really like.

Simon Smiles ft. Emelie Tängemark – “Hiding”.

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   Today I have an electronic song for you which I’ve known thanks to Spotify for a couple years now and I still really like it. It’s the result of collaboration between the Swedish musician Simon Smiles, and the vocalist Emelie Tängemark. 

Aine Minogue – “The Selkie” & Cecile Corbel – “The Great Selkie”.

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I think I’ve shared that on my blog already that one of my favourite folk creatures are selkies. So today I thought I’d share with you two songs about them, which are practically variations of one song, both vastly differing arrangements. Both Aine Minogue’s and Cecile Corbel’s music has already been featured on my blog. They’re both harpists. Aine was born in country Tipperary in Ireland but currently resides in the Boston area, whereas Cecile is from Brittany.

Usually when I share two versions of the same or almost the same song it’s because I can’t choose between them, but here, I can say with no hesitation that Aine’s version speaks to me much more. Still, I really like Cecile’s version too, and I think it sounds very interesting, and even more so when you compare the two.

Aine Minogue:

Cecile Corbel:

Órla Fallon – “Wild Mountain Thyme”.

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Today I’d like to share with you quite a popular folk song which is Scottish in origin. It was adapted by Francis McPeake from Belfast, from a poem called Braes of Balquhither by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill, with already existing music composed by Robert Archibald Smith. Ever since it was first recorded in 1950’s, it has been sung by loads of Anglophone folk musicians and it’s also alternately known as Will Ye Go, Lassie Go. Órla Fallon’s version is oone of my favourites.

Sigrid – “Don’t Kill My Vibe”.

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Today, I’d like to share with you a song from this very successful Norwegian singer. I don’t really know if she’s so famous in the US, though she’s apparently toured worldwide or something close to it, but she’s definitely a huge thing in Europe, and seems to be particularly liked in the UK, so it’s not just her home country that she’s known in, and she achieved her success incredibly quickly and at a very young age, as she’s now only 25. Despite I usually tend to feel neutral about people whom everyone else seems to like, I really do like Sigrid with her light yet very powerful vocal. I think this is one of my favourite songs and I think it may be relatable for a lot of people given, it definitely is to me to an extent.

Travelle – “Video Games”.

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I thought today I’d share another song from this Norwegian singer, songwriter and producer with you all. I know diddly squat about video games, simply because I never really play them. In fact, I hardly play any games at all, not because I don’t like it overall or because I have some weird rules that I never do it like some people apparently do, it’s simply because there aren’t as many games that are accessible for the blind, and out of those that are, few have managed to really spark my enthusiasm, and even fewer kept me interested long-term. Yet, on some level, I do find this song relatable, because even though I don’t play video games, I do a lot of other things that I’m hooked on, just like it seems to be the case with him and video games, and which I use as a substitute for peopling a lot of the time, and I much prefer peopling online. Except for me this is a chronic state, which doesn’t seem to be the case for Travelle, because from what we can figure out from the song itself and from what I read about it, it was more of a transition period for him, when he moved from his hometown (he’s from somewhere in Rogaland) to Oslo, where he didn’t know any people and had no one to hang out with so he preferred hanging out online with people he knew. It’s certainly always quite a major change in one’s life to move from a smaller place to a city where you don’t really know many people. Also, like I already wrote about Travelle in my previous posts where I shared some of his music, I like how he seems very candid about things, I like candid, genuine-sounding lyrics which let you see a glimpse of a person behind them because people as individuals are interesting most of the time. And it’s always refreshing to hear a song that isn’t about love or sex. 😀

Song of the day (18th December) – Enya – “Last Time by Moonlight”.

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With Christmas coming very soon, I thought I’d share with you a piece from Enya’s Christmassy/wintery album which I really love, namely And Winter Came. Just as it is for many people, Enya says that winter is a very reflective time of the year for her, with a lot of reminiscing and thinking about her life. And so this song also has such a reflective, and also as Enya says romantic, feel to it. It’s about a couple who once loved each other, their reflecting back on the time when they were still with each other before they parted. I really like the wintery feel of this song.

Declan Galbraith – “Love of My Life”.

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Today I want to share with you a single from Declan’s second album, Thank You, released when he was 14. Like all of his full-length albums, it contains a lot of covers of pop classics, and not only pop, so based on that you may already be guessing that this is also a cover, specifically of the Queen song. I always think he did a really good job with it for a fourteen-year-old.

Rosemary & Garlic – “Take This Hand”.

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For today, I want to share with you a song from a band that I really discovered and that I really love, although at this point, Rosemary & Garlic is just Anne van den Hoogen alone as far as I’m aware. She is a Dutch singer who, is quite versatile as it seems, because aside from creating the melancholic indie folk of Rosemary & Garlic, she can also be heard as vocalist of the shoegaze band Habitants. I like Rosemary & Garlic overall, but this is unquestionably my favourite song, I like its floating, dreamy, a little otherworldly vibe very much.

Shirin – “Together We Are Weak”.

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Today, I’d like to introduce you to the music of a great young singer songwriter who lives in Sweden, and who was born in Berlin to Lebanese parents. Her name is Shirin El-Hage, though she’s better known simply as Shirin. Shirin had a rather difficult childhood, having to move around a lot, and experiencing her parents divorce, but instead of screaming, or some more destructive ways of coping and releasing her emotions, she’d sing, and that’s how she decided that she wants to be a singer. In 2017, she performed in the final of Melodifestivalen (Swedish annual song competition during which a song representing the country in Eurovision is selected) covering Frans’ song If I Were Sorry. Out of all her music, the song I wanted to share with you is my favourite, and this is Shirin’s debut single. I like it much more in this stripped down version though.

ViVii – “Savant”.

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Today I have a song for you that I’ve been really loving for the last month or so and listening to a lot. ViVii are Swedish couple Emil and Caroline Jonsson, who make beautiful dreampop. This song of theirs is particularly dreamy in my opinion, even a bit hazy I guess we could say, and I like that in it, I like things like this. I like the sort of landscape it creates and I really like Caroline’s vocals on this track.

Anne Briggs – “She Moved Through the Fair”.

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Today I’d like to share with you some music from the great, Nottingham-born English folk singer that is Anne Briggs. She is quite an intriguing case in English folk music. She started her singing career in 1963 as a young girl, discovered by A.L. Lloyd and Ewan McColl. Her music was received very positively, people were in awe of her pure voice, she collaborated with a lot of influential people of the mid-20th century English folk scene and had herself a strong influence on British folk music and female folk singers, even people outside of folk circles like Jimmy Page. However, Anne had one big challenge – she absolutely hated the sound of her recorded voice. – She was also apparently very nervous when she had to sing, despite she did it so well. I think stories of people like her could be very empowering for people who struggle with stuff like low self-esteem or anxiety, to see that there are people who experience similar feelings even when they’re really great at something, so the fact that you feel you suck at it doesn’t necessarily have to be that it’s what everyone else thinks as well. The emotional toll associated with her singing career must have been too much for her though, after all, because she retired fro music in 1973, and apparently lives semi-reclusively. She still continues to have a strong influence on many folk musicians and the folk music scene as a whole. I even once shared some two years ago a song performed by Julie Fowlis, called Go Your Way, which was written and first recorded by Anne Briggs. Sandy Denny (whose music I’ve also shared on here and who almost became one of my faza people) wrote a song in tribute to Anne Briggs called The Pond And the Stream. Richard Thompson’s Beeswing is also inspired by her.

She Moved/Moves Through the Fair is an Irish traditional tune, one version of which (an instrumental one, played by harpist Carol Thompson) I’ve already shared and in that post I explained a bit about the song. You can read that post

here.

Rachel Newton – “The Bloody Gardener”.

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Today I have an English folk ballad for you, sung by a Scottish singer. It’s another one on this blog that is quite murky and tells the story of a murder, in this case we don’t know if it’s inspired by true events or not. This song is included in the Roud Folk Song Index and was first recorded by A.L. Lloyd. Lyrics in traditional songs like this tend to vary from one version to another, but Rachel Newton recorded her version with the same lyrics as A.L. Lloyd’s. It comes from her 2016 album “Here’s My Heart Come Take It”.

Selma & Gustaf ft. The Unmarried Queen – “Where We Once Belonged”.

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Today, I’d like to introduce to you a great Swedish duo to whose music I’ve been listening for about a year and I really like them. Selma & Gustaf consists of Selma Edenståhl and Gustaf Johnsson. The Unmarried Queen is someone they frequently collaborate with, but I don’t know anything at all about them. I think this is one of my favourite songs by them though it would be difficult to pick one that I like THE most.

Song of the day (30th November) – Self Esteem – “I’m Shy”.

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This is quite a new artist to me, but I already like her quite a bit, and even if not all of her music speaks to me extremely much, it’s interesting to listen to. Also she’s very genuine in her music, and I like genuine and raw when it comes to music, as I’ve said many times before on here. Self Esteem is the stage name of Rebecca Lucy Taylor from the UK, I’m not sure where exactly in the UK she’s from but… Sheffield, I guess? She used to be part of a duo called Slow Club together with Charles Watson. I read that her stage name is inspired by her own self-esteem and the changes it has gone through, as she used to not be particularly confident, but now is a lot more. Her music seems to be very relatable for a lot of people and I totally get how it would be.

Song of the day (28th November) – Declan Galbraith – “Circles in the Sand”.

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I figured I haven’t shared much from Declan’s debut album, which was released back in 2002 when he was 10, so thought I could share one song from it now. This is an original song, written for Declan by Barry Mason, and like most original songs on this album, has a very cheerful feel to it.

Travelle – “Phone Dating”.

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For the last few months, I’ve been sharing with you some music from the Norwegian singer, songwriter and producer Travelle, and today it’s time for another song by him. As you can easily figure out from the lyrics, this song deals with the topic of Tinder dating, and how shallow it is. As much as this is difficult to comprehend for some people, I have never, ever dated and have no real desire to do it just for the sake of it, so I don’t really find it very personally relatable as such, also this is obviously from a guy’s perspective, but I think it shows well what it must feel like and how difficult and frustrating it must be and I like how authentic this song feels.

Say Lou Lou – “Everything We Touch”.

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Today I’d like to share some synthpop with you, for a change. Say Lou Lou (previously also known under the name Saint Lou Lou) are Swedish and Australian twins Miranda and Elektra Kilbey. Their parents are Steve Kilbey, the vocalist in the Australian alternative rock band The Church, and Karin Jansson from the Swedish new wave band Pink Champagne. The twins have gotten a lot of good reviews and their music is clearly well-liked by a lot of people. I have started listening to their music a couple months ago and there’s something in it that really appeals to me. This is a single from their 2015 album Lucid Dreaming.

Enya – “Even in the Shadows”.

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Today I have for you a single from Enya’s latest album Dark Sky Island, one of the most dynamic pieces on this album. Enya has said herself in interviews about the album that this is a very personal song for her, because it deals with her own experience of love of heartbreak, finding it difficult to move on after love is over. This song also features Eddie Lee from the Irish rock band Those Nervous Animals on double bass.

Sarah Klang – “Creamy Blue”.

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Today, let’s listen to some Swedish pop. This artist is in her late twenties and has only debuted some three years ago but has already released three full-length albums and established herself on the Swedish music scene, and to some extent in Europe in general. She’s also a Grammis-winner (Grammis is the Swedish Grammy) and has many other successes under her belt.  She herself describes her music as pop with country and Americana influences. I’m not big on country, but this vibe in her music doesn’t bother me at all and it gives it a characteristic quality. I also like her deep and emotive voice a lot and a bit sad and blue feel of a lot of her music. The song by Sarah Klang that I want to share with you is the title track of her second album. I don’t know exactly what it is that instantly captured my attention when I first heard it on the Swedish radio the year it was released, but it definitely did and I really like this song a lot.