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Broken Whistle

by Broken Whistle

The sounds of Celtic folk music express a people's many fiery passions in a graceful, liquid way.
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Reels
4:41 $0.99
2. Little Brigid Flynn
2:55 $0.99
3. MacPherson's Lament
4:43 $0.99
4. Slip Jigs
3:25 $0.99
5. Step It Out, Mary
5:54 $0.99
6. Réaltai Sa Spéir
4:26 $0.99
7. Light Jigs
3:16 $0.99
8. The Dark Island
4:32 $0.99
9. Spancil Hill
4:23 $0.99
10. Leis An Lurighan
2:43 $0.99
11. Ashokan Farewell
4:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
As our début album, this collection of songs has a particular emphasis on the enormous variety found even within the traditional Celtic genre, but it also stays true to the tradition of fiery, musical gracefulness. You can even see this thread in our cover art. Our unique sound draws from many different styles, from a little classic rock and jazz to classical orchestral pieces, to traditional Irish and Celtic, and back again to R&B, electronic, and hip-hop, but all of the various sounds contribute in their own ways to the traditional Celtic style.

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1. Reel Set - We love the raw energy of the fiddle in this set, which is appropriate, since it was found by Kelcey Hanson, our main fiddler.
2. Little Brigid Flynn - This was our first a capella piece to be performed, and in fact dates its introduction into Broken Whistle's repertoire to before we were a band. It's a beautiful, chipper little tune, and its rich, harmonic melody drew us to land on a simple 3-part harmony that brings out that wealth of sound.
3. MacPherson's Lament - This tune is also called MacPherson's Rant, because of the fiery Scottish outlaw memorialized. Jamie MacPherson was allegedly a Robin Hood-type outlaw in the late 1600's, in disgrace with the law. After successfully eluding capture for some time, he was betrayed and imprisoned. In the week before his execution, he wrote this song. We play it with a rebellious twist, starting from when he emerges from the prison, and finishing in a lament-turned-warcry. Because Scottish laments are rants.
4. Slip Jigs - The beginning of this arrangement is a tribute both to the classical backgrounds of most of our band members, and also to the beautiful tone combinations found in Celtic music. Particularly, it highlights David’s flute tone as it plays sole melody, unison with Ella’s fiddle, and a harmony part.
5. Step It Out, Mary - We were so mad at the heartless greed of Mary’s father by the end of this vocal tune written by Sean McCarthy that we jumped right into the Glasgow Reel (also known as Tam Lynn in all its various spellings). But David felt he couldn’t just end the piece on such an aggressive note, and wrote the last tune, Cat in the Microwave, to lighten up the atmosphere. As for the name, eh, well, Irish tune names are some of the wackiest on the planet. No cats were harmed in the writing or performance of this piece.
6. Réaltai sa Spéir - Ella and Chris wrote this piece after we all went for a night-time walk on a quiet beach. The stars were so clear, and the waves so enthralling. But we’ll let the song speak for itself.
7. Light Jigs - A basic light jig set. But basic doesn’t mean boring.
8. The Dark Island - We were drawn to this Scottish-sounding piece because of the hard, rugged beauty we thought it captured. David says he thinks of icy, wind-whipped waves dashing against high, lonely cliffs. How cliché. But the rugged and unadorned is a continuing thread throughout our arrangement.
9. Spancil Hill - This bitter poem was allegedly written by a man on his deathbed, dreaming of his home in Ireland. We believe our arrangement tells the rest.
10. Leis an Lurighan - We were looking for an eventual successor to Little Brigid Flynn, found this piece, and Chris added a few more verses, telling of a ship’s struggle against a storm. The ship escapes in the original, but we don’t know about ours.
11. Ashokan Farewell - Our old-time farewell song, written by Jay Ungar.



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