CD A0551: Old Gaelic Laments

Old Gaelic Laments
Simon Chadwick

CD CoverIn the Old Gaelic World, death was always near at hand. Feared, celebrated or regretted, it was the central point of the complex and beautiful art music composed by professional and skilled musicians. This CD presents a selection of music and poetry from 16th and 17th century Scotland and Ireland, much of it directly drawn from the clarsach or Gaelic harp tradition. Simon Chadwick performs on medieval Clàrsach and is joined by Ealasaid Gilfillan reciting Gaelic poetry

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Track Listing & Audio Samples

1 Is Eagal Leam An Bàs
The Terror of Death by Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Catháin (1570-1650)
2 Am Bàs Is Flathanas
Death and Heaven by Sìleas Nighean Mhic Raghnaill (c.1660-1729)
3 Cumh Easbig Earraghaal
Lament for the Bishop of Argyll
4 Òran Do Iain Breac MacLeod
A Song to Iain MacLeod of Dunvegan by Ruaidhri Dall Mac Mhuirich (c.1656-c.1714)
5 Caoine Rioghaill
The Royal Lament by Iain Garbh Cholla (c.1600-1680)
6 King James March To Ireland / Lochaber / Geidhe Fiaine - The Wild Geese 5:16
7 Uamh An Òir - The Cave of Gold 9:03
8 Féachain Gléis / Cumha Bharúin Loch Mór / Cumha An Deibhinnsi
Tuning prelude / Scott’s Lamentation / Lamentation of Youths by John & Harry Scott (c.1599)
9 Cumh Peathar Ruari
Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament by Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Catháin
10 A' Ghlas Mheur
A bagpipe lament attributed to Raghnall Mac Ailein Òig (1662-1741)
11 Cumha Lachlainn Daill
Lament for Blind Lachlann by Sìleas Nighean Mhic Raghnaill
12 The Clarge's Lamentation 2:05
13 A Stáraí a Ghoid Mo Chlú-sa Uaim
The Jointure by Thomas Connellan (c. 1640-1717)

Notes & Credits

About this CD

There are no notes with this CD but the lyrics / poems are provided.


Recorded between November 2011 and March 2012 in and near St Andrews, Scotland
Photo of Simon Chadwick thanks to Karen Loomis.
All other photos by Simon Chadwick.
Manufactured in the UK by Disc Wizards, London
Published 1st April 2012 by Early Gaelic Harp Info

©2012 Early Gaelic Harp Info

Album Information

Title:     Old Gaelic Laments
Artists: Simon Chadwick  with Ealasaid Gilfillan (poetry)
Instruments:     Harp / Voice and Harp
Genre: Early Music
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0551
Label: Early Gaelic Harp
Year: 2012
Origin: UK