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.
On one of our Scotland trips, we spent several days on the Isle of Skye. Our fabulous B & B host recommended a walk out Neist Point. I HIGHLY recommend it!
I’m finely tuning my tartan senses, so I’m always on the prowl for things “plaid.” This delicious find came from a local consignment store. $14 US for the set of 4. Made in England by Hudson and Middleton, and in very good condition!
These will be perfect with a cuppa and my Grandmom’s shortbread.
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.
Fergus, Jack, Rory and Dan make up Edinburgh’s Bwani Junction. The recently made history by being the first band to play on the Forth Rail Bridge. This being a follow-up to their recent music video for their song “Two Bridges,” shown below. An article from The Skinny (November, 2011) describes their sound as, “. . . a breezy, summer sound tempered with homegrown tales, . . .” comparing them to bands like Vampire Weekend. Listen and enjoy!