orain 26-30Read Now
Many of these songs I learned early on. Some of them like 'Tha mi sgith" and "Fhir a bhata" I don't sing much because I heard them so much at that time that they kinda got worn out. It is nice to come back to them here.
orain 21-25Read Now
This batch of songs for me is about memory. Bringing back memories of the time I spent in Uist and of learning these songs. Mhurchaidh bhig is one of the first Gaelic songs I remembered using the meanings of the words rather than just the sounds, I've always been proud of that and that I could remember it as the words make very little sense. Moladh Uibhist is another one that took some remembering with long verses. I loved this song from the first time I heard it but it took me a long time to be able to remember the whole thing. Nuar a Bha Mi Og is all about memory and also has long verses, I hope to learn a few more of them soon. The other two songs fall into the category of songs that I don't remember not knowing.
orain 16-20Read Now
Here is a group of songs that just popped into my head. I wasn't thinking of a theme, however there does seem to be a thread on longing in most of them, for people or places.
songs 11-15Read Now
This batch of songs go back to my time on Uist. I learned most of them while I was there. It has been great fun going back to these songs. When I learned them I had very little Gaelic and I was learning the sounds only, not the exact meanings, going back to them now the meanings of the words are clear and I am having a greater appreciation for the songs as well as revisiting many pleasant memories. I want to say a huge Tapadh leibh to everyone on that course tutors and fellow students and all the lovely people I met on Uist.
an atha chòig orainRead Now
Five more songs. I'm trying to save some of the ones I know really well in case there is a time in this project when I need to take it easy. Also it is lots of fun working on some of the songs I haven't sung in a while.
There seemed to be an ocean theme to today's songs so I am also posting a painting I did on that theme.
5 songs to startRead Now
Here are the first 5 songs of my 100 song project. They are not fancy, just me and my computer and the Gaelic songs that I love.
Song 1: Illean bithibh sunndach (lads be happy)
Song 2: Mhic iarla nam bratach bana (son of the earl of the white banners)
Song 3: Tighinn air a' mhuir a fear a phosas mi (coming in the sea is the man I will marry)
song 4: fear a' phige (man of the jar)
Song 5: Mo nighean donn nan gobhar
Caroline has been involved with Gaelic for more than 18 years. She has degrees in Celtic Studies and Gaelic Medium Teaching.