From the Library: Songs of the Gael

Williams Holmes Sul­li­van: Dance of the Lit­tle Peo­ple


In today’s pro­gramme, writes Elrik Mer­lin, I’m cel­e­brat­ing my return from a few days in Scot­land with a col­lec­tion of new­ly-acquired record­ings, many of which include songs in Gael­ic.

Gael­ic is a name for the Goidel­ic lan­guages — Irish, Scot­tish and Manx — that make up one of the two dis­tinct groups of Celtic lan­guages, the oth­er being Bry­thon­ic. In Ire­land and the Isle of Man, the term is pro­nounced“gay-lik”, while in Scot­land, it’s“gal­lik”.

In addi­tion, we’ll hear some instru­men­tal Celtic pieces from Scot­land and Ire­land — and occa­sion­al­ly beyond. Some of the artists we have lined up for you today include Julie Fowlis (with some of her lat­est record­ings), Altan, Noirin Ni Riain, Mouth Music, Mary Jane Lam­ond and Karen Math­e­son.

There’s also a mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tion of songs from the Great Book of Gael­ic, An Leab­har Mòr, an anthol­o­gy of poet­ry in Irish and Scot­tish Gael­ic — many of the poems being in the form of songs — from the 17th to the 20th cen­tu­ry, com­bined with art­work and cal­lig­ra­phy by dozens of mod­ern artists. It’s a kind of con­tem­po­rary Book of Kells.

You’ll also hear the likes of Phil Coul­ter, Dougie MacLean and the music of Gor­don Dun­can — and many more.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at http://main.radioriel.org in-world, or sim­ply click here.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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