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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.