Posted by: liamcassidy | September 27, 2009

Lyle Kennedy at the U.S. National Mòd

Lyle, the 2008 Royal National Mòd Gold Medalist from Scotland, sings at the Ligonier Highland Games during the U.S. National Mòd, Sept. 12, 2009.

Lyle’s song, “Thoir mo shoraidh thar Ghunnaidh”, may be found in “Folksongs of Britain and Ireland”, edited by Peter Kennedy, as well as other sources. Want to learn it? Click here for a copy of the lyrics.

In “Folksongs of Britain and Ireland” the song is titled “Bheir mo shoraidh thar Ghunnaidh”, with this description:

“In a fairly straightfoward lament for a lover, the poet first bids farewell to Mull, where he has heard the cuckoo cal. The cuckoo is perhaps used as an image of death here, as there seems to have been an old superstition associating its call with death in some areas … Next the narrator moves directly to his subject … he visualizes the funeral ship coming with his sweetheart aboard in her coffin.”

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