New CD Dhachaigh celebrates work of Murdo Macfarlane

A new CD based on the songs and poems one of the most important and respected figures in Gaelic has been launched by the Stornoway Arts Centre, An Lanntair in partnership with the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

The CD, Dhachaigh (Home), celebrates the work of Murdo Macfarlane, a leading poet and campaigner for Gaelic who was widely known as the Melbost Bard. It features standards such as Canan nan Gaidheal and Mi le mÕuilinn, and includes some previously unrecorded pieces and new commissions.

Alex Macdonald, Programming Officer with An Lanntair said: ÒThe CD is an important record, especially as Murdo Macfarlane made such significant contributions to Gaelic culture.

ÒThe songs themselves cover such vital topics as emigration; local disasters, such as the loss of the Iolaire; a call to beware the looming threat of nuclear war; and a rousing appeal to stand proud and fight for the Gaelic language. It is truly a stirring and heartfelt compilation of works by a great bard.Ó

Festival Director Caroline MacLennan said: ÒAn Lanntair and the Hebridean Celtic Festival have worked together for a number of years and this CD is a shining example of partnership between two of the foremost arts organisations in the Hebrides. We are both firmly committed to promoting Gaelic culture locally and on an international platform.Ó

The artistes performing on the CD are Paul Mounsey, Isobel Ann Martin, Alasdair White, Fraser Fifield & Calum Alex MacMillan, Christine Primrose, Alyth McCormack with Lau, Ishbel MacAskill, Blair Douglas, Anna Murray, Brian î hEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie, Mary Smith, and Karen Matheson.

The CD is available from An Lanntair, Hebridean Celtic Festival and various distributors.

http://www.hebceltfest.com/news/?view=full

Track listing and artists (in order they appear on CD)

PAUL MOUNSEY - DHACHAIDH/HOME ISOBEL ANN MARTIN - S FHADA LEAM AN OIDHCHE GHEAMHRAIDH ALASDAIR WHITE - THE SYMMETRY FRASER FIFIELD & CALUM ALEX MACMILLAN - TOBAIR TOBAIR SíOLAIDH CHRISTINE PRIMROSE - MHñRAG, LEAT SHIôBHLAINN ALYTH MCCORMACK WITH LAU - LEAG IAD AM BOM AN RAOIR ISHBEL MACASKILL - NAOI CEUD DEUG S A CEITHIR DEUG BLAIR DOUGLAS - CËNAN NAN GËIDHEAL ANNA MURRAY - THIG MI GAD IARRAIDH BRIAN OHEADHRA & FIONA MACKENZIE - THUG IAD A THUNG THU MARY SMITH - RAOIR REUBADH AN IOLAIRE KAREN MATHESON - MI LE M UILINN AIR MO GHLôIN BLAIR DOUGLAS - CHUNNAIC MI UAM A BHEINN PAUL MOUNSEY - TILL/RETURN

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  • A new CD based on the songs and poems one of the most important and respected figures in Gaelic has been launched by the Stornoway Arts Centre, An Lanntair in partnership with the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

    The CD, Dhachaigh (Home), celebrates the work of Murdo Macfarlane, a leading poet and campaigner for Gaelic who was widely known as the Melbost Bard. It features standards such as Canan nan Gaidheal and Mi le mÕuilinn, and includes some previously unrecorded pieces and new commissions.

    Alex Macdonald, Programming Officer with An Lanntair said: ÒThe CD is an important record, especially as Murdo Macfarlane made such significant contributions to Gaelic culture.

    ÒThe songs themselves cover such vital topics as emigration; local disasters, such as the loss of the Iolaire; a call to beware the looming threat of nuclear war; and a rousing appeal to stand proud and fight for the Gaelic language. It is truly a stirring and heartfelt compilation of works by a great bard.Ó

    Festival Director Caroline MacLennan said: ÒAn Lanntair and the Hebridean Celtic Festival have worked together for a number of years and this CD is a shining example of partnership between two of the foremost arts organisations in the Hebrides. We are both firmly committed to promoting Gaelic culture locally and on an international platform.Ó

    The artistes performing on the CD are Paul Mounsey, Isobel Ann Martin, Alasdair White, Fraser Fifield & Calum Alex MacMillan, Christine Primrose, Alyth McCormack with Lau, Ishbel MacAskill, Blair Douglas, Anna Murray, Brian î hEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie, Mary Smith, and Karen Matheson.

    The CD is available from An Lanntair, Hebridean Celtic Festival and various distributors.

    http://www.hebceltfest.com/news/?view=full

    Track listing and artists (in order they appear on CD)

    PAUL MOUNSEY - DHACHAIDH/HOME ISOBEL ANN MARTIN - S FHADA LEAM AN OIDHCHE GHEAMHRAIDH ALASDAIR WHITE - THE SYMMETRY FRASER FIFIELD & CALUM ALEX MACMILLAN - TOBAIR TOBAIR SíOLAIDH CHRISTINE PRIMROSE - MHñRAG, LEAT SHIôBHLAINN ALYTH MCCORMACK WITH LAU - LEAG IAD AM BOM AN RAOIR ISHBEL MACASKILL - NAOI CEUD DEUG S A CEITHIR DEUG BLAIR DOUGLAS - CËNAN NAN GËIDHEAL ANNA MURRAY - THIG MI GAD IARRAIDH BRIAN OHEADHRA & FIONA MACKENZIE - THUG IAD A THUNG THU MARY SMITH - RAOIR REUBADH AN IOLAIRE KAREN MATHESON - MI LE M UILINN AIR MO GHLôIN BLAIR DOUGLAS - CHUNNAIC MI UAM A BHEINN PAUL MOUNSEY - TILL/RETURN

  • Picked it up last night for a look and its on my want to buy list - sounds good.
  • Bought this CD at the weekend and the only reason was because Bellan Martins singing is stunning. She is a squillion times more enjoyable (for me) than someone like Julie Fowlis and her version of S Fhada Leam an Oidhche Gheamraidh is worth the £12.99 alone!
  • Ordered. :-) M“le taing for the info, nic a phlutes.
  • I knew Murdo; a lovely man. His speaking voice was so nice and gentle and his singing voice was also good. I have a tape of him singing his own songs, which is precious. Na h-ñganaich were instrumental in taking his songs to an international audience of course - any mention of them on the CD (I hope so).

    M

  • Let me know if you love it or not - Im afraid I havent really listened to the other tracks much. I have a really annoying habit of skipping straight to the ones I know Ill love!
  • Ive just listened to the other songs and I think your £12.99 really will be just for Bellans track and Alasdair Whites........number 14 sounds like an STV programmes opening titles.
  • To produce a Murdo Macfarlane CD without a mention of Noel Eadie and Na h-Oganaich is a terrible ignominy and not relating the complete story. Murdo was a great Bard, maybe even the best, however Noel and his band Na h-Oganaich worked with Murdo over many years bringing the songs to life and working out the layout, structure and chords of the major part of MurdoÕs work. Take away George Martin and The Beatles would have had probably mediocre success, take away Noel Eadie/Na h-Oganaich from Murdos workÉ.....É.yes probably also.
  • Have been listening to this on long car journeys and I have to say that it really grows on you. Its well worth the money. Especially for Bellan Martins S fhada, s fhada.. (I agree, nic - blows you away), but there are a good few very interesting and enjoyable interpretations on there, instrumental and sung. Calum Alexs Tobair tobair s“olaidh sounds positively mediaeval (echoes of Maiden in the Moor - anyone know the John Fleagle version?), and saxaphone is used extremely effectively in various tracks. Blair Douglass instrumental-only Cˆnan na Gˆidheal surprised me as a choice, but in retrospect, as its probably by far the best known MM song, that was quite a good idea. Cant say the opening and closing tracks do it for me, though - not the biggest Paul Mounsey fan anyway, and just cant make the connection to the rest of the collection here.

    PS: Boula, nothing about na h-O. etc in the lovingly produced bilingual booklet, in fact relatively little meat apart from a personal intro from Finlay Macleod and the musicians comments about their own connection to the songs they sing - which are good in themselves, and the very personal touch works. BUT if those unfamiliar with MM himself buy this because they hear clips of Bellan or Karen Matheson, they will not get as much background as I would have wished, and no lyrics.

  • Glad you liked it Pict - I really like the first 3 tracks and after that its almost unbearable. I was listening to it on random (kill me now, musicians) and this song came on that very nearly made me cry, so I checked it out and it was Paul Mounsey and I instantly got a bit snobby about it and slightly deflated that it was him. Im bad I know!

    Edited: I dont know if this is true about the singer in question or not but reading (or hearing) a comment in this manner will definitely not help their confidence. Forum Admin

  • Favourite Paul Mounsey track is North.
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