Today I thought I’d share with you a song by the amazing supergroup Celtic Woman, which is an all-female folk band created and led by David Downes. I really like their music, and listened to them particularly much as a teenager when I was still rather new to the world of Celtic and folk music in general. This song comes from their latest album from last year called Postcards From Ireland, and the soloist here is Chloe Agnew, who is I believe one of the more recognisable and liked members of this group of all time, as she has been with Celtic Woman on and off since her teenage years. You can learn more about the song reading my earlier post where I shared a version of it sung by Órla Fallon, who, as it happens, was also part of Celtic Woman in the past.
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.
Today I decided to share this very new to me artist. Tiny Ruins is the stage name of British-born (Bristol), Kiwi-bred singer Holly Fullbrook, but over time it has evolved into a fully formed band. This song is the only one by her I know so far, I heard it last week for the first time, but because I like it a lot and it makes me think I could like her music overall a lot, I keep wanting to have a proper listen to more of her music but still haven’t gotten to it. I think I will today, finally. I really like this song musically for its minimalism and I like the subtle word play in the lyrics.