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Celia Ramsay | Songs of My Father's People

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Songs of My Father's People

by Celia Ramsay

Haunting traditional Scottish songs rendered by a lovely, expressive voice.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gipsy Lass
2:27 album only
2. Jock O'Hazeldean (feat. Maureen Brennan)
4:03 album only
3. The College Boy
3:06 album only
4. A Bonnie Wee Lassie (feat. Calvaleigh Rasmussen)
2:38 album only
5. False, False (feat. Shira Kammen)
3:18 album only
6. Ned of the Hill (feat. Patrice Haan)
3:58 album only
7. Oh, Johnny My Man (feat. Shira Kammen)
5:03 album only
8. Don't Say Goodbye Love
2:37 album only
9. Jinkin' You My Johnny Lad (feat. Shira Kammen & Maureen Brennan)
2:32 album only
10. Blackwaterside (feat. Shira Kammen)
3:31 album only
11. I Ain't Gonna Work in the Factory (feat. Steve Baughman)
3:12 album only
12. Jeannie and Davie
0:53 album only
13. The Old Garden Gate (feat. Steve Baughman)
3:04 album only
14. Roseberry
0:36 album only
15. Laddie Lie Near Me (feat. Patrice Haan)
2:41 album only
16. One Morning in May (feat. Shira Kammen & Maureen Brennan)
2:41 album only
17. Ye Banks and Braes (feat. Maureen Brennan)
3:14 album only
18. Noran Water (feat. Patrice Haan)
2:45 album only
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Album Notes
Inside a five thousand year-old burial chamber on Orkney Isle off northern Scotland, there is runic graffiti left by Viking raiders. The place is called Maes Howe, and the graffiti includes such observations as, "Ottarfila carved these runes,” “Helgi bedded; Thorni carved,” (stronger language originally used!) and, "Ingigerth is the most beautiful of all women.” I find these comments immensely reassuring; it means that over the centuries, human nature hasn’t changed at all. We’re still all about sex and bragging . . . and bragging about sex!

Those runes were a way of recording a small piece of the story of those ancient adventurers; fundamentally, humans are all about stories. Song also serves to “fix” people’s stories. Rhyming lyrics laced into the cadence of a song have, for perhaps thousands of years, kept these old moments in history or memories of lost love (and yes, sex) alive.

My father loved stories and often talked of our Scottish heritage. He never saw Scotland, but he was proud of telling me we came from a family of pig farmers in Ayr, where Robert Burns was born. Though my mother was the musical parent who gathered us around the piano for family singing, it was Dad who brought home the album of pipe bands and ballads that struck a romantic chord in me I have never stopped hearing. I loved the keening of the Great Highland pipes, but most of all I was haunted by the unaccompanied singers, whose voices insistently reached right into your heart.

Some of these love songs are very old. They are timeless in their pain, joy, dismay, or humor, and that’s what I like about them. They are not merely the songs of my father’s Scottish ancestors; they are the voices of the universal human condition.

“Lord, lord, lord. Celia, what an incredible voice you have! The music on this (CD) is just lovely. I highly recommend this; the tunes and songs are well selected; obviously each song means a great deal to you.” --Ray Edlund, KPFA

"A singer I’ve not heard before, Celia Ramsay . . . I’m really impressed by what I’ve heard of this album; she sings with a really very Scottish inflection." --Roland Goodbody, WUNH

"...These are mostly love songs, and Celia has a lovely voice...an interesting collection, sung in a classical style for the most part, with phrasings and inflections from the Scottish dialect. It's an enjoyable collection." --J.W. McClure, Victory Music



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A Celtic Gem you don't want to miss
This CD is really beautiful. The nice, simple arrangements make you feel like you are in the same room with the vocalist. Her lovely voice transports you to another time and place. I listen to a lot of Celtic music, and I haven't heard most of these songs before. Well done! I look forward to more CDs from this great new artist.