Friday, July 31, 2009

Homecoming Scotland: music

This is the year of Homecoming Scotland. The land of highland, heather, and sea invites the world home to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of poet and song collector Robert Burns, and the many other fine things about Scotland and its people. Here are several Scottish musicians you’ll want to get know along the way:

Kathleen MacInnes is a singer and songwriter from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides off Scotland’s northwest coast. When you follow this link, you’ll get to hear her sing a song in honor of her dad and see some great photos of the Hebrides as well.

Mary Ann Kennedy is a gifted clarsach player, singer, and producer. She had in mind a project to celebrate men who sing in Scots Gaelic, and that resulted in a fine album called Mary Ann Kennedy & Na Seoid.
If you really want to hear the stories and landscape of Scotland, this is a place to listen, whether you speak Scots Gaelic or not.

You don’t have to know Scots Gaelic to appreciate the work of Sarah-Jane Summers, either. Originally from Inverness, this talented fiddler and teacher explore intersections of Nordic and Scots music as part of the group Fribo. Nesta is her debut solo album, a journey to the highlands and north lands both melodic and lively.

Malinky is a long running Scottish band who balance singing with playing, English with Scot Gaelic, and fast paced tunes with gentle ones. Their latest album, Flower & Iron gives a fine taste of all that.

you may also want to see

an exhibit about the Scottish diaspora at the National Library of Scotland,
on through October, with letters, diaries and other items showing the story of Scots who settled around the world. there’s more about that at the library’s web site, too.

Music Road: Songs of Homecoming, to Scotland and other places

Music Road: Celtic Colours 2009 on the way

Music Road: Homecoming Scotland

Music Road: tuning up for Burns Night: four Scots musicians

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Anonymous Frugal Kiwi said...

I enjoyed Kathleen MacInnes' song. Aching and unusual. It is easy to find music in Irish Gaelic, but much more rare to hear anyone singing in Scots Gaelic. Thanks for the treat!

5:05 PM  
Anonymous MarthaAndMe said...

Beautiful music. We were actually in Scotland this summer and enjoyed it very much.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Meredith Resnick said...

I love the sound of fiddling...watching a gifted musician - particularly on an instrument like the fiddle - is a gift. Nice to read about a talent behind it.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Alexandra said...

When my nephew was in Scotland for a semester abroad, he used to travel around the country to hear musicians like these folks you have listed. I will tell him about your great bog next weekend!

7:54 AM  

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