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, https://linnphippsfolk.co.uk/sillertides/ . 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 https://bit.ly/3hzmYNC . Our debut “Sillertides” CD “Silk and Leather” (Conversation Songs from the Folk Tradition) is on bandcamp here sillertides.bandcamp.com. 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 https://youtu.be/nwMIMDOWU_U
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 https://bit.ly/3hzmYNC. We are currently recording some new songs for our Yourube channel. Please subscribe, it’s free!
A chuisle grá mo chroí: https://youtu.be/i0zH1LrayLI
Báidín Fheilimí: https://youtu.be/f2Wut9vilco
Braw Sailing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njlBC4s8Eho&t=7s
Down by the Salley Gardens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqMs0g61ZOg&t=1s
Fields of Athenry (Pete St John): https://youtu.be/OErR959RBQc
Galway Shawl: https://youtu.be/pYDkhl3-Wf4
Inisheer (Inis Oírr, by Ethna Carbery, English language version) ; https://youtu.be/NwnUpnAfsW0
Johnny ma Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDJFwSZiCmo&t=10s
Lovely Joan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDDUUIlfVhM
Norland Wind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D31VHE0WlRw&t=6s
Siúil a rún: https://youtu.be/CE9NlurGEWo
Spancil Hill: https://youtu.be/2Ux38YDZvS8
The Barring of the Door: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ipDiNDXNIo&t=4s
The Bold Fisherman: https://youtu.be/-q9EWzWoD_Y
The Fisherboy: https://youtu.be/In0ZpEYMzKU
The May Morning Dew – https://youtu.be/UjypEShPDQc
The month of January: https://youtu.be/q1M8JAVO4bM
Three Fishers: https://youtu.be/XXGOr9Va-ug
Verdant braes of Screen: https://youtu.be/y2FvOqz9YyQ