Rhiannon Giddens – 2 September

Carolina Chocolate Drops - 1

Scots Gaelic

This week we offer a very unique example of Scots Gaelic singing kept alive by Rhiannon Giddens and Carolina Chocolate Drops out of Durham, North Carolina.  The band’s 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig, garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy.  A review on their website describes them:  “Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, they sought to freshly interpret this work, not merely recreate it, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation’s popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago.”   And this includes the Irish and Scottish music that influenced folk music of the Carolinas.

Here Rhiannon is singing a medley, starting with a strathspey called ‘iomadh rud tha dhìth orm’ or ‘it’s many a thing i lack’ and then a reel called ‘ciamar a nì mi ‘n dannsa dìreach’ or ‘how will i dance the dance right’, two pieces of puirt à beul, or mouth music.

 

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