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By Lauchie MacLellan, John Shaw, Alistair MacLeod

ISBN-10: 0773520635

ISBN-13: 9780773520639

Few released collections of Gaelic track position the songs or their singers and groups in context. Brìgh an Òrain - a narrative in each music corrects this, displaying how the inherited paintings of a fourth-generation Canadian Gael matches inside biographical, social, and old contexts. it's the first significant examine of its style to be undertaken for a Scottish Gaelic singer. The forty-eight songs and 9 folktales within the assortment are transcribed from box recordings and provided because the singer played them, with an English translation supplied. all of the songs are followed by means of musical transcriptions. The publication additionally contains a short autobiography in Lauchie MacLellan's enjoyable narrative sort. John Shaw has further large notes and references, in addition to photographs and maps. In an period of growing to be appreciation of Celtic cultures, Brìgh an Òrain - a narrative in each track makes a huge Gaelic culture on hand to the overall reader. The fabrics additionally function a different, adaptable source for people with extra really expert study or educating pursuits in ethnology/folklore, Canadian experiences, Gaelic language, ethnomusicology, Celtic reviews, anthropology, and social history.

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31 singing and society The experiences recounted by Lauchie as a young man who sang reveal much regarding the role of singing in his own community, and as a rule such beliefs and practices applied to other Highland settlements throughout Cape Breton. A modern trait that would immediately strike a person of Lauchie’s generation returning home after an absence of a half century or more is how seldom the younger, non-Gaelic speakers sing compared to his own contemporaries and their parents. Performers emphasize that, until recently, songs were constantly present in the lives of the people.

Bhiodh iad fo mhàl agus fo spòg … Bha am pailteas ac’ an seo do bhiadh; rud nach robh aca air uairean ‘san t-seann dùthaich. [There was] a lack of money or work, and the one thing that people did not lack was that they had a sufficiency of food. They raised it on the farms, so they did not go hungry. They had their own dwelling; good or bad, it was their home. That was what was on the mind of every Gael, and others besides – non-Gaels, in fact everyone who arrived in this country – because in the old country, or Britain or Europe, it was difficult for poor people to own land or a home.

Agus an eachdraidh mar a fhuair mi e, ‘s ann a chionn ‘s gur e mèairlich a bh’annta – ann an cuid dhiubh; bhiodh iad a’ goid chaorach – agus gur ann ann an sabaid a fhuair fear dhiubh a chluas a chur dheth. Nis chan eil an còrr agam ach sin mu dheidhinn obair nam mèairlich agus Mac’IllFhialain Leth-Chluasaich. (The little history I know concerning them I got from my father: that they were the One-Eared MacLellans. And in the story as I heard it, the reason was that they were thieves – some of them; they used to steal sheep – and one of them had his ear taken off in a fight.

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