A view from downtown Glasgow, this shows just half of the group playing that day. Love, love, love how these ladies are dressed!
Here is a great collection of names in Scots Gaelic. Now, we just have to figure out how to pronounce them!
Born in Scotland, emigrated to Canada, stayed true to the kilt.
The Scottish Poetry Library has put together a growing collection of downloadable poster, each featuring a wonderful piece of poetry to inspire your days. This one features a work by Glasgow-born Alan Spence.
The BBC has a wonderful series of programs which look closely at Scottish Highland Clan histories. Featured here (in a nod to my fellow Outlander fans) is the episode on Clan Fraser, started in the twelfth century when a French knight named Frezel left Normandy for a new life in Scotland. Part One includes an interview with the current clan chief (and clearly a charmer,) Lord Lovet, Simon Fraser.
Karine Polwart is a Scottish artist who combines traditional folk music styles with modern themes. I’ve been cruising around the internet looking for pieces to include here and I haven’t found a song yet that I didn’t like. Her voice is pure and her emotions deep. The music she creates has feeling, and often deep social meaning.
Polwart’s debut album FAULTLINES won three awards at the 2005 BBC Folk Awards, including Best Album. Its follow up, SCRIBBLED IN CHALK (2006), contained “Daisy”, a gentle word to the wise to one of life’s givers and truth-tellers who can’t quite comprehend that “there are people in this world who don’t think like you do”. The song won Polwart another BBC Folk Award for Best Original Song in 2007.
Karine Polwart performs “Daisy” for PRI’s “The World:”
Visit Karine’s website to learn more about the amazing, young artist.
peelie-wally (alt. peely-wallie, peely-wally)
1. (chiefly Scotland) Pale, pasty; off colour or ill-looking. [from 19th c.]
“On Monday mornings, he was always a bit peelie-wally.”
For more on this bit of Scots language, click below for an article from the Caledonian Mercury.
You may be familiar with Scotland’s KT Tunstall and her song “Black Horse & The Cherry Tree,” but if you’ve never seen her ‘one woman’ version, you should treat yourself! It’s amazing to watch her build the back tracks as she begins the song.
Find out more about KT Tunstall on her website!