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    Gaelic Singing - Celtic Ceol

    Singing in Gaelic - seinn Ghàidhlig in Scots, canu gân in Welsh or amhránaíocht Ghaeilge in Irish is becoming a way of expressing one's identity. Even Sean nós - old style Irish song - is now back in fashion. The aim of this thread is to explore the various traditions of gaelic song.

    One of the weirdest styles is the free heterophony of Gaelic psalm singing where the congregation respond to a canto who lines out the tune:


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    Thanks for this thread, Taggart - here's an Irish vision-song that gives me gooseflesh. The singer was in his teens at the time he made it.

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    Another Irish Gaelic song by Iarla O' Lionaird - this time as a mature man.

    It is so expressive.

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    Hi, Taggart - Gaelic singing with a groove! Bards with beat.

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    Well, time for another sort of 'Celtic Ceol' - a traditional Welsh song about the seashore.



    The lyrics & English translation can be seen here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ar_Lan_y_M%C3%B4r
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    I've known this Welsh song since childhood, and I still love it.
    I learned an English translation of Welsh words which were apparently set to the tune years after the composer's death - well, but the tune cries out for a song.



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    One of the most well-known Gaelic songs from Scotland, the Eriskay Love Lilt. I didn't know this singer before, but I love her voice, which is warm but not too sweet.

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    We learned this at junior school, but in English.
    It's a bit hearty - and even more madly so in Gaelic.

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