Perambulating the Bounds

Friday, November 30, 2007

Gaelic psalms

Here's my discovery of the week--Gaelic psalms, a form preserved from the early days of the Scottish Reformation in the Hebrides (seems to have been preserved particularly on the island of Lewis, where there is still no ferry service on the Sabbath). I picked up a disc in a shop in Edinburgh and just got a chance to listen to it. Wonderful. Really intense. Maria says it sounds like American mountain music. Definitely. Or maybe Sacred Harp singing. Or the Polyphonic Spree in their dreams.

Here's a page with some history of the form. The recordings below were done at a center for Scottish music near where we stayed in Glasgow last week.


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