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The Sillertides (Linn Phipps and Doug Huggins) are traditional song singers who offer joyful shared-singing of conversation songs between song partners who – while 5,000 miles apart – interact in the song as if in the same place, . Many folksongs and ballads are built around a conversation between two or more characters, and the singing may be shared by different people, clearly differentiating the characters and bringing them and their story to life.

Linn and Doug sing together as The Sillertides every week live on zoom ceilidhs, and have performed together virtually at festivals such as Spring Harmony, Tumbleweed Virtual Music Festival, New England Folk Festival, the Mermaid’s Tavern and Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival’s Single-Shanty Big Sings.  In 2022 we were able to sing together in person in Dublin at Drogheda, Malahide and An Góilín. And we are planning a joint visit to Whitby Folk Festival etc in 2023!

Our Youtube channel is here . Our debut “Sillertides” CD “Silk and Leather” (Conversation Songs from the Folk Tradition) is on bandcamp here  Our Sillertides CD launch concert in October 2021, hosted by Lynn Noel of The Mermaid’s Tavern and Crosscurrents Music, Boston Massachusetts, is on Youtube at

In 2022, the Sillertides collaborated on a special project with an old friend, artist Lionel Coates.  Lionel had a major exhibition at Clare Museum running spring 2022, and featuring paintings of Ireland with three distinct themes of Famine, Fields and Fishing.   The Sillertides matched Lionel’s wonderful paintings with songs reflecting the theme and the scene portrayed.   All twenty songs recorded for this project are on our Sillertides Youtube channel at  We are currently recording some new songs for our Yourube channel. Please subscribe, it’s free!

Youtube catalogue:

A chuisle grá mo chroí:

Báidín Fheilimí:

Braw Sailing:

Down by the Salley Gardens:

Fields of Athenry (Pete St John):

Galway Shawl:

Inisheer (Inis Oírrby Ethna Carbery, English language version) ;

Johnny ma Man:

Lovely Joan

Norland Wind

Siúil a rún:



Spancil Hill:

The Barring of the Door:

The Bold Fisherman:

The Fisherboy:

The May Morning Dew –

The month of January:

Three Fishers:


Verdant braes of Screen: