Rachel Newton – “One Hour More”.

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   Today I’d really like to share with you this beautiful, melancholic piece from Scottish. Harpist and folk singer Rachel Newton. This is her original composition, from her 2016 album Here’s My heart, Come Take it. 

Gwen Màiri – “Y Dydd Drwy’r Ffenest” (The Day Through the Window”.

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   Today I want to share with you a beautiful piece from Gwen Màiri’s album Mentro (Venture), an amazing album from which I’ve already shared several tracks in the past. In case you don’t know, Gwen Màiri Yorke is a harpist and folk singer of both Scottish and Welsh heritage, who is both a Scottish Gaelic as well as Welsh native speaker. On this album, she is accompanied by Jordan Price Williams on cello, as well as Gwilym Bowen Rhys on several instruments, but in this particular piece we can hear him playing the mandolin. As far as I’m aware, this tune is Gwen’s original composition. 

Tamzene – “You’re With Somebody Now”.

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   Today I’d like to introduce you to a very talented and fairly versatile singer and songwriter from the Scottish highlands – Tamzene Allison-Power, who just goes by Tamzene. – She has been influenced by all kinds of music, from the traditional Scottish folk music, to reggae, as her mum is Half-Jamaican, to soul icons such as Alicia Keys. All that contributes to her soul pop sound in some way. I’m fairly new to her music, but despite I’m generally not a huge soul fan, I do like her, so I thought I’d share with you this song that talks about the awkward relationship with someone you used to be with, when you realise that they’re in a different relationship now and at a different point of their life already and don’t feel like getting back together with you. 

Phamie Gow ft. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – “Sunrise Over Holyrood”.

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   Today I have for you a piece of Scottish music, from the multi-instrumentalist and composer Phamie Gow whose music I’ve shared several times before on here, accompanied by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. The Holyrood in the title refers to the area of Edinburgh with this name. 

Rachel Newton – “Poor Lost Babe”.

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   Today I want to share with you a song performed by the Scottish harpist and singer Rachel Newton, several of whose songs I’ve already shared on here. It comes from her 2016 album called Here’s My Heart, Come Take it, and is written from the perspective of a mother. 

Rachel Hair Trio – “The Duke of Fife’s Welcome to Deeside”.

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   After recently sharing with you al a song from Rachel Hair and Ruth Keggin’s brand new Manx album called Lossan, today I thought I’d share some other piece played by Rachel Hair, or more exactly the trio that she has established, called simply Rachel Hair Trio, who have also been previously featured on my blog. This is a traditional tune. 

Rachel Newton – “Gura Muladach Sgith Mi”.

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   For today I have a song by Rachel Newton for you all. She is a Scottish singer and harpist whose music has already been featured on my blog several times. This is a traditional song, as far as I’m aware, and comes from her album called West. 

Ailie Robertson – “Old Maids of Galway/Downey’s/Brian Kelly’s”.

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   For today I have for you a medley of three traditional Celtic tunes played by the Scottish harpist AIlie Robertson, whose music I’ve frequently shared on here before. I believe all of these tunes are Irish in origins. 

 Ailie Robertson – “Old Maids of Galway/Downey’s/Brian Kelly’s

Phamie Gow ft. The Royal Scots Dragon Guards – “The Celtic Knot”.

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   Today I’d like to share with you a tune played by the Scottish multi-instrumentalist Phamie Gow. I’ve shared a few of her pieces on here before, and most of them were for piano, but in this one, we can hear Phamie playing the harp. 

Áine Minogue – “Griogal Cridhe” (Beloved Gregor).

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   Today I’d like to share with you a Scottish Gaelic lament, or lullaby, sung by an Irish singer who lives in the US. I think I have shared three songs by Aine Minogue on my blog so far and surely must have mentioned how she was one of my most favourite Celtic folk singers and harpists when I was a teenager. I still like her a lot, and this has always been one of my favourite songs by her. Generally, this song has a very interesting melody in my opinion, and I like most versions of it that I’ve heard. 

   It was written in the 16th century by a woman called Mór Chaimbeull after the death of her husband,  the chief of the Clan Mac Gregor, Griogair Ruadh Mac Griogair, or Gregor the Red Mac Gregor in English who was executed at Taymouth Castle. 

   Here’s the translation of this song: 

   Many a night both wet and dry
Weather of the seven elements
Gregor would find for me a rocky shelter
Which I would take eagerly.
Obhan, Obhan, Obhan iri
Obhan iri O!
Obhan Obhan Obhan iri,
Great is my sorrow, great.
I climbed into the upper chamber
And lay upon the floor
And I would not find my dearest Gregor
At the table in his place.
Great darling of the World’s people
They spilt your blood yesterday
And they put your head on an oaken stake
Near where your body lay.
Though now I have no apples,
And others have them all,
My own apple, fragrant, handsome –
And the back of his head on the ground.
I would be glad to be with dear Gregor
Guarding cattle in the glen
Instead of with the great Baron of Dalach,
White silk around my head.
While the young wives of the town
Serenely sleep tonight
I will be at the edge of your gravestone
Beating my two hands.

Phamie Gow – “Innocent Railway”.

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   For today I have a soothing, Scottish piano piece for you, from the multi-instrumentalist and composer whose music I’ve already shared with you several times which is Phamie Gow. This piece takes its name from the Innocent Railway in Edinburgh, which is called so because it was a horse-drawn railway in the time when people were suspicious of steam engines. 

 

   Phamie Gow – “Innocent Railway”.

   

Song of the day (16th April) – Méav – “Ailein Dúinn” (Dark-Haired Alan).

   This Scottish piece is most known as the theme song for Rob Roy, in which it was sung by Scottish singer Karen Matheson, who is also known as the vocalist of Capercaillie whose music I’ve previously shared on here. I, however, at least for now, decided to share with you a cover of that Rob Roy version, sung by Méav ni Mhaolchatha, an Irish soprano who feels at home both with folk as well as classical music. She’s also known for being a former member of the Irish all-female group Celtic Woman. As for the song, it is a lament written by Annag Chaimbeul for her fiancée Ailean Moireasdan, who was a sea captain in the 18th century. He was going to be engaged to ANnag in Scalpay, and was sailing there from Stornoway, but was caught in a storm on his way, which ended up tragically as both him and the entire crew sank. After that, Annag no longer wanted to live and died a few months later. There was not enough soil on Scalpay to bury her there, so her father took her coffin to the near island of Harris. However, on his way there, the storm blew Annag’s coffin off his boat and it ended up on Scalpay near her fiancée anyway. 

Song of the day (12th April) – Ailie Robertson – “The Exploding Bow”.

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   Had a migraine yesterday hence the song of the day for yesterday is coming out today. I thought I’d share with you this nice three-piece set from the Scottish Celtic harpist Ailie Robertson. Each of these three pieces is a jig. The whole medley takes its name from the first piece in it, which is Irish. the second one is  called The Lisnagun, it’s also known as Brendan Ring’s and it’s Irish as well, and the third one is a  slip jig which I believe was composed by Ailie herself called Swerving for Bunnies. 

Ailie Robertson – “Lili’s Hornpipe / The Harp and Shamrock”.

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   For today I have for you a lovely medley by Scottish harpist Ailie Robertson, of two tunes, which are both hornpipes, and both sound very lively and catchy. The first one as far as I’m aware is Ailie’s original composition, and the other one seems to be a traditional Irish hornpipe. 

 

   Ailie Robertson – “Lili’s Hornpipe / The Harp and Shamrock

Phamie Gow ft. The Royal Scots Dragon Guards – “Sunset – Tre Day’s End”.

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   The sun has long set over here already, but I think this piece is very much in place in the evening anyway. This time we have not only the Scottish multi-instrumentalist Phamie Gow, whose music I’ve shared on here uite a few times before, but she is also accompanied by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. 

Siobhan Wilson – “Whatever Helps”.

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   Today we have another Scottish lass, one whose name is also Siobhan, but who makes quite vastly different music to Siobhan Miller whose song I featured yesterday. Siobhan Wilson was born in Elgin and is a very talented individual, as she is a singer, songwriter, but also a multi-instrumentalist and a music library producer and her music is quite diverse and seems to draw from many different inspirations. I really like this quite moody song by her and the way it sounds as a whole.