Marit Fält & Rona Wilkie

This episode is the first in a series of intimate interviews called "Artist Voices.” They focus on sharing the artistic work, thoughts & perspectives of a single, independent group or artist, working in the traditional & contemporary folk music fields. These episodes are produced quarterly, separate from our normal episodes & are intended to share with you the work of artists from around the world, whom you might otherwise not so easily discover...

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In this episode, Rona & Marit mention a few songs & artists:

  1. Mile Marbhphaisg Air A’Ghaol Resource: Tobar an Dualchais (sung by Mary Gillies)

  2. Bha Mise Raoir air an Airigh Resource: Tobar an Dualchais (sung by Mary Morrison)

NOTE: The above recordings are property of the University of Edinburgh & the archival site Tobar an Dualchais. The links (above) to these recordings may only be used through their online system & are for educational reference purposes only.

For a contemporary take & comparison, here is Kathleen McInnes in her rendition of Bha Mise Raoir air an Airigh

Followed by Rona & Marit’s version, taken from the Cape Breton tradition…

In the episode, Rona Mentions artist Martyn Bennet’s work, sampling Bosnian war songs under Jacobite songs as an example of what can be done with Fusion. Read more about Martyn & have a listen: Here.

3. A (interesting) version of Soldier’s Joy:

Read some discussions about the origin: Here.

Rona also mentions the “Scottish Cringe.”

Last but not least— I know Wikipedia is not the most reliable of sources, but when scrounging the internet for any morsels of information on female bards, I did find this entry to be of interest: Women In Early Modern Scotland.


For those who don’t know about the Jacobite Rebellions . . .

Bonnie Prince Charlie  - by John Pettie

Bonnie Prince Charlie - by John Pettie

“During the 17th and 18th centuries, a series of wars were fought involving Scotland, England, Ireland, and even France. Essentially these were failed attempts to restore the deposed Stuart monarchy to the throne of Great Britain, and, from a Scottish perspective, to curtail the unjust domination of Scotland by England. English forces were usually pitted against those of Scotland. The final Jacobite effort was in 1745 on behalf of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who, after he was defeated at the Battle of Culloden, was forced to flee to France.” Smithsonian Folkways

Read More: Here.

Listening: Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger recorded a number of Jacobite war songs on their album, Songs of Two Rebellions.

For a visual context on Waulking Songs . . .

For further listening…