Here are some of the songs and collaborations which are the music of my heart, for you to listen to, download, or buy.
“Leth Linn” is a collection of traditional songs in Gaelic and English, recorded in 2010, marking both Linn’s half century – and her passion for traditional music, with half a lifetime of song in English and half in Gaelic. Some of the tracks in English are accompanied on the fiddle.
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Full track list from the album “Leth Linn”:
- Gur trom an t-eallach an gaol
- Hug òrann ò rò
- Cumha bràthar
- Ceòl nan crunneig
- Nochd gun chadal (Catrìona Dhùghlas)
- Il a bholagain, Il a bho m’ aghan (Carmina Gadelica)
- An t-oighr’ òg
- Mo chasan dubh
- A Mhaighdeann Bharrach (Father John MacMillan)
- Tionndaidh am bàt’ (Murchadh Iain Macillemhoire, Na Còig Peighinnean, Nis)
- Eilean beag donn a’ chuain (Dòmhnull ‘an Moireasdan, Bragar)
- The Snow It Melts the Soonest [Roud 3154]
- The Cuckoo [Roud 413]
- Fair Rosamund [Roud 3729]
- The Whitsun Dance (Austin John Marshall)
- The Lady Leroy [Roud 1889, Laws N5, Henry H214] (trad/Battlefield Band version ”At the Front” 1978)
- The Slave’s Lament (Robert Burns)
- Willie o’ the Winsbury [Child 100] (trad/Pentangle version “Solomon’s Seal” 1972)
- Young Tambling [Child 39] (trad/Annie Briggs version, “Annie Briggs” 1971)
Andes to Antarctica
A live concert recording featuring Linn and Luciano
Luciano is a Chilean interpreter and lecturer for a cruise ship company. He has a passion for sharing his love and knowledge about the flora and creatures of Chile and the oceans. As well, he plays a wide range of Andean pan pipes – quena, quenacho, zampoña as well as the flute. By wonderful serendipity, Linn and Luciano met on a ship in the South Atlantic, and shared their passion for their music. Together (on brief practice!) they created a live ship’s concert performance in March 2020.
The three songs written by Harry Robertson are made available by kind permission of Evan and Lyn Mathieson, of The Rita and Harry Robertson Archive, who maintain this wonderful resource, www.harryrobertson.net. Harry Robertson (1923-1995) was born in Barrhead near Glasgow, and later became a proud Australian, raising a family in Queensland. In the course of his lifetime he was a seaman and ship’s engineer, a singer songwriter and folk activist. He became a key figure in the development of the Australian folk music tradition. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Robertson_(folk_singer)
More information on Ewan MacColl songs is at https://ewanmaccoll.bandcamp.com.
Additionally Linn and Luciano performed versions of Lucho Quequezana songs Chaska, Camino al Carnival, Caminos de Nieve, and Distancias; and La Partida, to a cover by the band Illapu. Recordings of these will be uploaded as mp3s as and when permission is received. Or they are available as a Promotional Copy/CD (not for sale or resale) for festival promoters etc please contact me for a copy.
Further recordings from a variety of projects and performances
Zoom sing sessions
Idir ann is idir as (Amhrán na Mara – Song of the Sea), theme song for the glorious Irish animation and selkie story 2014, film directed and co-produced by Tomm Moore.
Griogal chridhe – Beloved Gregor – traditional lullaby
Seathan – luadh (waulking song) about the Son of the King of Ireland
A’ Mhaighdeann Bharrach – the Barra Maiden – traditional song
Leave her Johnny leave her – end of voyage sea shanty, a lot more verses can be found in Stan Hugill’s book, Shanties from the Seven Seas, 1962
Humping the drum – Australian travelling labourer’s song popularised by Graham Seal, from “Old Bush Recitations”, collected by “Bill Bowyang” (pseudonym for Alexander Vindex Vennard) andpublished in 1933.
With grateful thanks to the following for convening wonderful zoom sings and permission to extract and post songs recorded on their Zoom sings:
Jerry O’Reilly, Máire Ní Chróinín, and Antaine Ó Faracháin and the An Góilín Traditional Singer’s Club, Dublin and the Sean-Nós Cois Life weekend
John Murphy and the Cork Singers Club
Pamela Reinagel, transatlantic Traditional Singers Session
Fay Hield, Soundpost
Casey Casebeer, Ballad Zoom
Amanda MacLean, Sharps in Isolation
Òran Chaluim Sgàire, traditional Gaelic sailing / love song by Malcolm Macauley from the Isle of Lewis, with Isle of Lewis harpist Carole Miller.
“Lovely Molly”, RobertFord, Vagabond Songs and Ballads of Scotland, 1899, tune as sung Gillian Frame at Feis Rois.
“True Love” by kind permission of songwriter Vikki Appleton Fielden
Eriskay Love Lilt, collected by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, Songs of the Hebrides 1909.,