How are you coping with the Aladdins Cave ?
Paul - there was a great spot of sean nos on the Highland Sessions this evening - with a fine backdrop of Iona too - Relig Oran, North End - just over the half way through the show - it finishes with a great pipe tune too...and of course Mary Ann's in there as well.
Bad boy, Bryn,
I've dented the plastic again: George Benjamin, BB, Fred Chopin (Perlmuter) and Tippett (despite a repeat dic like yourself).
Just dipping in before heading off early for a Saturday morning in Central London. Yuk. I see from a brief glance, John, that Karen Matheson is on your link. Big fan. Possibly Annie Haslam aside, and sadly she has often needed advice on song selection, I doubt that I can think of anyone else who has that very special purity of voice. You might be able to suggest some.
My all time favourite is Aodann Srath Bhain. Perhaps someone can find a link to it as a coming back to sanity present? As soon as I return over the local suburban hill, the scene changes and I can breathe again, there's home and woodland across the valley. Admittedly it's not Scotland but it's not bad for our borough. Will have more of a look at those Highland Sessions later. Lat.
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......oh, and does anyone know if McGrooger is ok? He seems to be a bit quiet.
She's got a beautiful voice has Karen Matheson, Lat. She's part of Capercaillie and I don't have a lot of time for that, but when she sings laments in Gaelic she is soaring. Here is my absolute favourite - an Irish song about a cave where mothers leave their dead children, coming from the Transatlantic Sessions crew - gets me every time.
By the way, I think McG's up helping Global with his sore leg - getting the slippers, making the fire, feedin' the cat - you know the kind of things expected of us these days as part of DC's Big Society.
Oh thanks for the tip about the telly. It was a good watch, particularly those items you mentioned .. and isn't that presenter-musician-dj-oilworker right good at the job ?
John - Exceptional timing. I have just stepped back in. The last time I will ever be allowed into a government building. Obviously it had to be done on a Saturday and under hoody. I half expected to see legions there with shredders.
As it was, very quiet and civilised. I grabbed all of the remaining meaningful objects - eg the nice soft avocet given to me by the RSPB - (fortunately it still twitters when I press it's stomach) - and then got out through the lines of tanks now stationed in the foyer. In the next life, I'll have to be a "climate change" sort of environmentalist rather than an "environmental" one.
And yes, the Big Society. The good news - My volunteering board had not been ripped down in my absence. The bad news - No one had actually looked at it since the middle of September. Oh well, that was then and this is the new world. Pleased to hear at least that Globaltruth is in the good care of McGrooger.
That is another beautiful song from Karen Matheson and very sensitively arranged. I do like Capercaillie as well - particularly "Delirium" - but they jazz things up a little too much sometimes. Traditional is frequently more moving than the overly commercial.
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>>>Traditional is frequently more moving than the overly commercial
You can say that again. Manuelcha Prado on R3 as I tap the keys ... oof.