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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.

Our Youtube channel is here . Our debut “Sillertides” CD “Silk and Leather” (Conversation Songs from the Folk Tradition) is on our bandcamp page 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 Our 4-track EP “The wind, the land, the sea and the traveller” is on our Bandcamp page as a free download.

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 have now recorded nearly 40 songs for our Yourube channel – please subscribe, it’s free! Links to these are listed below.

Youtube catalogue:

A chuisle grá mo chroí:

Báidín Fheilimí:

Banks of the Nile:

Braw Sailing:

Bring me a Boat:

Down by the Salley Gardens:

Fields of Athenry (Pete St John):

Galway Shawl:

Inisheer (Inis Oírr, by Ethna Carbery, English language version):

John Dead – Grey Goose Gone Home (dedicated to Ronald Graham):

Johnny ma Man (dedication to Lisa Null):

Jutland (Les Sullivan):

Lady Margaret and William: (dedicated Casey Casebeer)

Le mariage secret: with Benoit Lemiegre 

Lovely Joan (dedicated to Bob Lewis)

Lovely Molly: (dedicated to David Ingerson)

Norland Wind:

Over the hills and far away (dedicated to Ruth & John Yule) premiered 29 12 23 

Scarborough Fair (dedicated to Lynn Noel):

Siúil a rún:



Spancil Hill:

The Barring of the Door:

The Bold Fisherman:

The Dark Eyed Sailor: (dedicated to Doug’s Dad)

The Fair Flower of Northumberland:

The Fisherboy:

The Frog’s wedding (dedicated to Annette O’Connell & Cathal McConnell)

The May Morning Dew:

The month of January:

The Moorlough Shore (dedication Alice Farrell):–Y

Three Fishers:

Unquiet Grave:

Verdant braes of Screen:

When my love and I parted: