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Songs of Gaelic Scotland
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Publication Date
01 June 2010
Birlinn Limited

Songs of Gaelic Scotland

by Anne Lorne Gillies - Find out more about the author

’This book is unique in that it crosses the boundaries between music and literature. Nothing quite like it has ever been done for Gaelic. It is a truly wonderful achievement’ – The Scots Magazine

’There was a real need for the likes, and this book will be with us as a vital reference book as long as “the water runs and the wind blows”. I think Birlinn were very wise to have asked Gillies to assemble this crock of gold’ – Ronald Black, Scotsman

The Hebrides and Gaelic Highlands are one of the world’s great treasure-houses of song. In this new anthology, world-renowned singer Anne Lorne Gillies has gathered together 175 of her favourite Gaelic songs. As well as a general introduction to the Gaelic musical and poetic tradition, she includes notes on the background of each song plus full references to other sources, notes on the technical aspects of the music, and a full discography.

The songs included here span hundreds of years. Many date back to at least the fifteenth century, but reflect a culture far older still – a non-literate but far from ignorant society in which the arts were held in the highest reverence. They paint a vivid picture of life among the Gaelic-speaking peoples, filling many of the gaps left by official histories and documents, and provide a window into the lives of the people who composed and sang them – their hopes and fears, their jokes and preoccupations, what it was that made them angry or afraid. In their beauty and humanity they are amongst the jewels of western civilisation.

Anne Lorne Gillies is one of the best known figures in Scottish life today as a singer, songwriter, writer, educationalist and political activist. Her musical career has spanned more than thirty years and crossed the world. She won a Mod Gold Medal when only seventeen and unusually combines a classical music training with a deep love and understanding of Gaelic culture. In 2009 she was named the Scottish Government’s Gaelic Ambassador of the Year.