Christina Stewart | kist o dreams

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kist o dreams

by Christina Stewart

Enchanting collection of traditional lullabies from Scotland sung in Scottish Gaelic, Scots, Shetland dialect and English, mostly unaccompanied, as a mother might sing to her own children, with four tracks including delicate arrangements on small harp.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Can ye Sew Cushions
3:17 $0.99
2. Dean Bà Bà mo Leanabh
2:30 $0.99
3. Minnie o Shirva's Cradle Sang (feat. Bill Taylor)
2:30 $0.99
4. Tàladh Thròndairnis
2:07 $0.99
5. Tàladh Chriosd (feat. Christine McClenaghan)
3:36 $0.99
6. Fairy Lullaby (feat. Bill Taylor)
4:47 $0.99
7. Gille Beag o
1:38 $0.99
8. Tàladh Choinnich Oig
3:32 $0.99
9. Dream Angus (feat. Bill Taylor)
3:54 $0.99
10. Bidh Clann Ulaidh
3:42 $0.99
11. Crodh an Tailleir
1:55 $0.99
12. Da Fetlar Lullaby (feat. Bill Taylor)
2:22 $0.99
13. The Miner's Lullaby (feat. Christine McClenaghan)
5:03 $0.99
14. Benediction
0:44 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
kist o dreams is a treasure chest of gems from Scotland's song heritage, spanning centuries of tradition. Most of the songs are from oral tradition and these are the versions Christina sings in her own family.

Reflecting the intimacy of singing one-to-one with a child, Christina's naturally soothing and emotive voice is unaccompanied through most of the songs with spellbinding clarity. Occasionally she is joined by Bill Taylor's sensitive arrangements on a range of small harps, comprising early medieval (Pictish) harp, renaissance bray harp, psaltery and wire-strung clarsach, and by Christine McClenaghan's sympathetic, warm vocals.

Born out of a conviction that these beautiful songs can not only charm a child to sleep but can help form close bonds between singer and child, the initial run of CDs was distributed free across the Scottish Highlands to families with newborn children. When the funding for distribution ran out, though, demand for kist o dreams did not and the album was re-pressed to meet continuing orders.

"Even if you don’t know the language, the haunting qualities of the melodies will get to you. Stewart possesses a fine and melodic voice that is appropriately soothing. The tunes are mostly traditional and this is a wonderful album, even if your children are grown, for you can’t help but relax and feel safe while hearing the beautiful singing." Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen magazine



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