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Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda
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“Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda” is a Scottish waulking song about Alasdair Mac Colla, (c. 1610–1647) a soldier who fought in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.

Scottish Gaelic lyrics and English translation:

Alasdair Mhic o ho (Alexander son, o ho)
Cholla Ghasda o ho (of gallant Cholla, o ho)
As do laimh-s’ gun o ho (into your hand, o ho)
Earbainn tapaidh trom eile (I would entrust heroic deeds, trom eile).
Chorus (after each verse):
Chall eile bho chall a ho ro
Chall eile bho chall a ho ro
Chall eile huraibh i chall a ho ro
’S haoi o ho trom eile.
As do laimh-s’ gun o ho (into your hand, o ho)
Earbainn tapaidh o ho (I would entrust heroic deeds, o ho)
Mharbhadh Tighearna o ho (the Lord of Ach-nam-breac, o ho)
Ach-nam-Brac leat trom eile (would be killed by you, trom eile).
’S ged ’s beag mi fein o ho (and although I myself was small, o ho)
Bhuail mi ploc air o ho (I threw a clot of earth on him, o ho)
Chuala mi'n de o ho (I heard yesterday, o ho)
Sgeul nach b'ait leam trom eile (a sad story, trom eile)
Chuala mi'n de o ho (I heard yesterday, o ho)
Sgeul nach b'ait leam o ho (a sad story, o ho)
Glaschu a bhith o ho (that Glasgow, o ho)
Dol ‘na lasair trom eile (was going down, trom eile)
Glaschu a bhith o ho (that Glasgow, o ho)
Dol 'na lasair o ho (was going down, o ho)
’S Obair-Dheathain o ho (and Aberdeen, o ho)
'N deidh a chreachadh trom eile (is being pillaged, trom eile).

Outlander | iii. On the Road

i. Cha d'fhuair mi'n cadal (I Got No Sleep) – The Mischa Macpherson Trio | ii. My Bonny Moor Hen – The Whistlebinkies | iii. St Kilda Wedding/ Brose And Butter – Alasdair Fraser | iv. Promise – Ben Howard | v. Vocalise (Opus 34 No 14) – Sergei Rachmaninov | vi. Fire-scene – S. Carey | vii. Latha Math (Good Day) – Mànran | viii. Bha Mise Raoir an Airigh (Last night I was on the shieling) – Breabach | ix. My Beloved – The Banner Days | x. This Place Is a Shelter – Ólafur Arnalds

a fair rose for my love: falling in love in a period drama [listen]

She moves like a deer through the woods, all slender wrists and sparlkling eyes. She doesn’t feel like she belongs - does she? do you? - but you’re never been more sure of anything in your life. You long for the wind in her hair and the flush on her cheeks, her temper and her kindness. Everything you own now smells like her - every rock of your land and every fiber in your soul. You love her, you love her so much it hurts.

Outlander | i. Inverness, 1945

i. Land of Bens and Glens and Heroes – Chris Stout, Finlay Macdonald | ii. It’s Been A Long, Long Time – Harry James & His Orchestra feat. Kitty Kallen | iii. Comin’ through the Rye – Marian Anderson | iv. The Old Ways – Loreena McKennitt | v. Major George Morrison DSO/Nighean Na Cailliche/The Pneumatic Drills – Battlefield Band | vi. Adiemus Variations - #1 – London Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Jenkins, & The Smith Quartet | vii. When She Cam Ben, She Bobbit – Hesperus | viii. O Cha Tèid, Cha Tèid Mise – Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald

Outlander | ii. Castle Leoch

i. The Poetic Milkman – Breabach | ii. On the High Road to Linton – The Whistlebinkies | iii. Seallaibh Curaigh Eoghainn – Judith Peacock Cummings | iv. Lads and Lasses – Daimh | v. Da Thàbh Air an Fharaodh (Two Spoon Nets in the Loft) / Da Foostra – Gráinne Hambly And William Jackson | vi. Borve Castle – Chris Stout, Finlay Macdonald | vii. Jeremy and Regina’s/Bright Grey – Fara | viii. Tu-Bardh – Clanadonia | ix. The Harpie Set Riona’s Trip to Ulva (Bonus Track) – Cliar | x. Raigmore / Long Run / The Clansmen Mourning – Battlefield Band


My old band The Buck-Hays video for our cover of Kill The Director by The Wombats. Forgot all about this.


Celtic with a hard c - There was a dire need for a mostly traditional Celtic folk mix not including Whiskey in the jar nor any Michael Flatley sequin bullshit, I thought. Just a couple of my personal favourites, not necessarily but mostly from Celtic performers. I’m not pretending to be anything of an expert, just an enthusiast - that is not pretend.

1. Ian Bruce - Ye Jacobites by name (Robert Burns) 2. Mànran - Òran na cloiche 3. Le Vent du Nord - La piastre des États 4. Dublin City Ramblers - The hot asphalt 5. The High Kings - Star of the county Down 6. The Dulcimer Guy - Doctor John Stafford (Turlough O'Carolan) 7. Eitre - The flower of Magherally 8. Enter the Haggis - Lancaster Gate 9. Bran - Bí liom bí 10. Fiddler’s Green - Picard jigs 11. Mànran - Puirt 12. The Young Wolfe Tones - The rocky road to Dublin 13. Eitre - William Taylor 14. The Chieftains - Brian Boru’s march 15. Bran - War bont an Naoned (live) 16. Fiddler’s Green - P stands for Paddy 17. Mick West - When a man’s in love 18. Old Blind Dogs - The battle of Harlaw 19. Julie Fowlis et al. - An Cóisire 20. Cló lar-Chonnacht - The lark in the morning 21. Bran - Dúlamán 22. Old Blind Dogs - The rights of man (Bedlam boys) 23. Robert W. Marr - Health to the company

Cover photo by Eva Czorny.

The mix is a birthday gift to myself, technically. (That, and having my Dad’s/Gran’s ‘63 watch repaired.) You’ll get a post tomorrow, probably. One week late and I wasn’t even drunk for the duration. Some of the performers’ names may be incorrect due to SoundCloud labelling, drop me a line if that’s the case.