Eilean Mo Ghaoil - The Music Of Arran

Eilean Mo Ghaoil - The Music Of Arran

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(October 2010) 13 tracks (50 mins): The Arran Ceilidh * Mo Nighean Donn * Bear Me O'er * Corriegills * Oran Gaoil * Miss Mary Anderson * Faidhir An t-Seasgainn * Kenmare To Brodick * The Arran Boat Song * The Arran Maid * Arran Farmers * Oran Na Dibhe * Shiskine Barn Dance.

A selection of Arran's best music played by some of Scotland's leading traditional musicians, directed and arranged by Arran native Gillian Frame.

Just as Arran lies on the geological fault line between Highland and Lowland, so too it lies on the border between cultures. At the frontier of Gaeldom for nearly 1500 years, the island has a unique cultural identity and music.

What has united the peoples of Arran has been a love of the place which the Gaels called Eilean Mo Ghaoil or Beloved Isle. This feeling they expressed through their music, which was woven into the tapestry of their lives.

By mixing previously unrecorded archive material and newer compositions, this CD creates a portrait of the island and its people in music.

Gillian Frame (fiddle, viola, vocals) with Angus Lyon (accordion, piano, rhodes, melodica), Ali Hutton (pipes, guitar), Kathleen Graham (vocals) and Ross Kennedy (vocals, guitar).

Feedback for Eilean Mo Ghaoil - The Music Of Arran (CD) has been compiled from 2 reviews.

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It was a bit of a disappointment. The music pieces could have done well without the poor guitar accompaniment; it significantly detracted from the overall performances. Track no. 3 was rubbish and ought to be deleted. There are three traditional songs on the CD: Òran Gaoil (properly Arainn nam Beann), Faidhir an t-Seascainn (properly Faidhir an Seascainn) and Oran na Dibhe. All three ought properly to be sung by males. The female singing here is quite inappropriate. The presentation of all three songs is poor, and the instrumental accompaniment is a) poor and b) detracts seriously from the presentation. These songs would traditionally have been sung unaccompanied, and that could have been done here with equal effect. More information about the songs could also have been added, e.g. Faidhir an Seascainn lingered on in the public memory until at least 1975 when a recording of (part of) the song was made (by me, as it happens!) from Jimmy Kelso, Shiskine, at that time. The tune to Oran na Dibhe was provided by the late William Matheson (Dept. of Celtic, University of Edinburgh), North Uist, in 1974, when he was asked by David Clement of the Scottish Gaelic Linguistic Survey to sing on tape a number of Arran songs from the Book of Arran II (1914). As the tunes to the songs chosen were not known, Matheson provided them from his extensive knowledge of the Scottish Gaelic song tradition. We do not know really what tune was originally (or earlier) sung to Oran na Dibhe.
The overall presentation of the material on Eilean mo Ghaoil leaves a lot to be desired. Regrettably the CD cannot be recommended.


On 07-Nov-2010 the supplier responded:
Sorry that the content of this CD was not to your taste.

Kenny Fraser, MusicScotland


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