In this beautiful, diverse, and expressive world, we are all Kin. Join us today as we explore the idea of “kin” — from varying interpretations of the same melody to relationship with beings of nature and the natural world, to resting in with human family kinfolk.
One thing I love about producing Forest Halls Celtic is that I have times each week when I go “foraging” for music that is new to me. I’m especially eager to discover younger voices, and not just choose from my favorites of 20-30 years ago (though I enjoy playing those too!).
I’m especially delighted with some of my discoveries this time round: One is Scottish contemporary folk singer, Kris Drever, singing a song based on John Steinbeck’s articles in 1936 called the Harvest Gypsies, about the lives of the migrant workers of California. This song is lively and a joy to listen to, even as it presents a harshness of life that is still the reality of many groups of people today. Another is a piobaireachd — the classical music of the great Highland bagpipes — beautifully arranged by pianist Chris Gray. And let’s not forget the harps! We hear from Maeve Gilchrist, Julia Lane, Rachel Newton and Seckou Keita (kora, a 22-string African harp), and Cécile Corbel. In Cécile’s piece we hear a melody commonly played by beginners to the harp turned into a whole new version!
Listen to both for the next two weeks — as well as Show 21 — snuck in on the air today by a tech-pixie!
P. S. I just realized that this is the birthday of the small harp featured in this photo. Not the harp’s actual date of completion, but the day it showed up on my doorstep after a long journey from Scotland and Ardival Harps, across the ocean and continent, with delays due to 9-11. This little harp is 18 years old. Happy birthday, Snowy Owl!
And here’s what we played in the first hour of the show. The second hour was an encore airing of Show 12.
12:01: Steve Baughman – Bonnie Prince Charlie
12:03: Silly Wizard – When Summer Ends
12:08: Solasta – Reels
12:12: Ayreheart – Ddoi di Dai
12:16: Erutan – The Willow Maid
12:21: Quadriga Consort – Captain James (England)
12:28: Helen Davies and Kim Skovbyee – Sunbeam Dance
12:32: Altan – The Dance of the Honey Bees
12:35: Kevin Burke – The Strayaway Child
12:39: Heather Dale – The Maiden and the Selkie
12:43: Julie Fowlis – Selkie-boy
12:50: Eve Goodman – Angor (Swn-Y-Mor)
12:54: Courteous Thief – White Horses