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Pirates, Poets and Patriots

by Judith Weikle

Judith Weikle is a Celtic Singer, mixing traditional Irish and Scottish folk melodies with Classical elements. The result is an ethereal and soothing blend of jigs and ballads.
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1. Rakes of Kildare/Oro Se Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
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2. Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
4:30 $0.99
3. Farewell to Tarwathie
4:49 $0.99
4. Kilcash
5:20 $0.99
5. Lament for Norman MacLeod
3:46 $0.99
6. Bonny Portmore
4:58 $0.99
7. Blackbird of Sweet Avondale
3:34 $0.99
8. Wine of the Gauls
2:38 $0.99
9. Man of the House
0:55 $0.99
10. Quiet Land of Erin
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Album Notes
Judith Weikle's debut CD, Pirates, Poets and Patriots is selection of Celtic traditional songs about names and places in Irish and Scottish history and legend. Listen to Judith's lilting soothing vocals as she takes you on a journey into the ancient and not so ancient Celtic past. Recorded at Annex Recording in Draper Utah amidst the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, Judith was fortunate to work with Fiddler/Folksinger, Kate MacLeod, Celtic guitarist Dylan Schorer and Utah's "favorite 'Cellist" Steven Sharpe Nelson. The result of this collaboration is an evocative and innovative album of traditional Celtic folk music.



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Planet Jackson Hole

Judith Weikle
‘Pirates, Poets
and Patriots’
One reason
Celtic music is so
popular is because
it is so powerfully
evocative. One
strum of the harp,
one toot of the
whistle is enough to
transport a listener back to the Emerald
Island – even if he’s never been there in
the first place.
Jackson Hole resident Judith Weikle’s
debut CD, “Pirates, Poets and Patriots,”
certainly succeeds in that department.
The 10-track, 41-minute project – recorded
and mixed at Annex Recording in
Draper, Utah – is an instant vacation to
the land of leprechauns and James
Joyce. Weikle has a strong and haunting
voice, and she has assembled a crack
squad of like-minded Eire-philes. In particular,
Kate MacLeod’s fiddle sounds
like something right out of the pub, and
Gael Shults plays a mean bodhran and
hammered dulcimer.
When I think of Celtic music, I generally
think of drunkenly joyous jigs or heartwrenching
tales of suffering, loss and
separation. Weikle and company lean
toward the latter in this set, with a lovely
but almost dirge-like “Lament for Norman
MacLeod,” a meditative “Blackbird of
Sweet Avondale” and a version of the traditional
“Black is the Color of My True
Love’s Hair” that brings to mind the
soundtrack from “Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon” more than “The Secret
of Roan Inish.”
“Farewell to Tarwathie,” “Kilcash” and
“Bonnie Portmore” are only slightly less
sad but they are songs of deep yearning
written on tear-stained parchment and
engineered to stimulate the lachrymal
glands. “Wine of the Gauls” and “Man of
the House,” recorded as a short medley,
are the most upbeat tracks of the lot, but
they have the mad glint of an Irishman
deep in his cups.
It all adds up to a deeply felt recording,c
one that bears the evidence of Weikle’s
great respect and careful research. If
you’re not feeling up to feeling down, you
might think twice about putting this disc
on, because it’ll have you weeping in
your beer, missing your poor, dear mum,
and pining for Tipperary in no time. And I
mean that in the most complimentary way
— Richard Anderson