Re: [albanach] thoughts on singing
- I'm afraid I don't understand your question . . . are you asking if we think
it is acceptable to perform songs of perhaps doubtful authenticity? I say
yes, if their theme and flavor are appropriate. Myself would like to hear
some fresh material, and would love to get hold of some myself ( I too am a
singer ) and in fact to perfomr duets, if you've any of that sort . . .
- --- In email@example.com, JBRMM266@a... wrote:
> I'm afraid I don't understand your question . . . are you asking ifSorry, perhaps I wasn't clear. I suppose it boils down to that. I
>we think it is acceptable to perform songs of perhaps doubtful
was wondering what other performers found appropriate.
> I say yes, if their theme and flavor are appropriate.As do I. As mentioned, however, I prefer not to do "traditional"
(i.e. not really documentable) pieces for competition. Bardic
circles or feast entertainment are another matter. (Having had the
enjoyable experience of silencing a large noisy hall with 'Craobh
nan Ubhall' in solo voice.)
> Myself would like to heartoo am a
> some fresh material, and would love to get hold of some myself ( I
> singer ) and in fact to perfomr duets, if you've any of thatsort . . .
What material do you have? What would you like? Any particular
pieces you're looking for? Our household has seven volumes (lacking
the 8th [index] vol. so far) of the Grieg-Duncan Folk Song
Collection, which rather does for Scottish folk song what Child did
for English ballads. [University of Aberdeen and Mercat Press] We
also have the Gesto and Tolmie collections, two fine turn of the
(19th-20th) century collections of Gaelic tunes/songs, as well as
the three volumes of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser's 'Songs of the
Hebrides,' another early 20th c collection (lose the piano
arrangements.) Oh, yes, and Margaret Fay Shaw's 'Folk Song and
Folklore of South Uist,' which includes some sound anthropological
commentary. Wm. Watson's 'Specimens of Gaelic Poetry, 1550-1900.'
And a few more shelves of lore, poetry and music.
Sorry, getting carried away here. Let me just say we have quite a
few sources on Scottish traditional material, and are willing to
share info. :)
Some of the pieces in the Tolmie and Gesto collections (also I think
in Kennedy-Fraser) are attributed to SCA period.
As to duets... let me look a bit. I suspect we've something.
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