Hebridean Folk songs sung in Gaelic and English by Alex Dell MacDonald (1895-1971), of Canterbury, Quebec.
Alex Dell was born in Dell, Quebec in a Gaelic-speaking family, son of Murdo J. MacDonald and Catherine Matheson, and was involved all his life in the traditions and culture of the Hebridean community there. Late in life he made a few private recordings for his family from which the following brief samples come:
Chorus only, no verses (25 sec., 100K .mp3 file)
All verses (2-3 minutes, 963K .mp3 file) Chorus Lyrics:
"I wish I was now in the Isle of the Sea,
The Isle of the Heather, and happy I'd be,
With deer in its mountains and fish in its rills,
Revere ...[unclear]... that have cover hills."
The words Alex Dell sings here vary from those in the poem by Murdo MacLeod originally set to this tune.
MacLeod, M. (1962). Bardachd Mhurchaidh, A' Cheisdeir Laoidhean Agus Orain: Songs and Hymns by Murdo MacLeod the Lewis Bard, Darien Press, Edinburgh. (born in Harris in 1913).
Gaelic clips of Alex Dell coming soon (June, 2003). Stay tuned.
Chorus only, no verses (29 sec., 102K .mp3 file)
All verses (2 min., 12 sec., 529K .mp3 file)
Chorus only, no verses ( 25 sec., 101K .mp3 file)
All verses ( 3 min., 50 sec., 936K .mp3 file)
Chorus only, no verses (21 sec., 86K .mp3 file)
All verses ( 2 min., 20 sec., 550K .mp3 file)
Chorus only, no verses (22 sec., 90K .mp3 file)
All verses (2 min., 33 sec., 610K .mp3 file)
Chorus only, no verses (17 sec., 67K .mp3 file)
All verses (3 min., 18 sec., 775K .mp3 file)
The size and playing time are given for each one.
To turn the music off, use the controls on your computer's midi synthesizer.
Please note the Credits listed at the end.
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