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Stairheid Gossip

Stairheid Gossip


Mothers, lovers, sisters, grannies, workers, friends... From the stairheids of Edinburgh, four women (or five, including Rebecca McKinney, at the recording of the album) came together with a shared love of traditional music and singing. Our songs reflect the diversity of our musical interests, from Scotland to South Africa and from ballads to bluegrass, but they are all celebrations of the lives of everyday folk - in love, work, conflict and peace.


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Stairheid Gossip : Stirring It Up : 1 CD :  : 0230

Stairheid Gossip : Stirring It Up

Review: All-woman Folk quintet from the Scottish lowlands Stairheid Gossip bring us a well-crafted collection of traditional tunes. The South Aftrican song "Bahele Bonke" is about leaders imprisoned in Longweni Prison moves us even though we have no idea what the words mean. The children's chant "King of the Castle" by Colum Sands, is given far deeper meaning. "Rantin' Dog" tells the timeless tale of an unmarried mother worried about getting help to care for her child. Stairheid's versions "High Germany" and the great labor song "Women o' Dundee," and "Johnny I Hardly Knew You" touch the heart and bring a tear to the eye, and "Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby" from the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou" is particularly wonderful. Back to Scotland for "Aye Waukin O," a song of unrequited love, and they nail "Cotton Mill Girls," a spirited American working woman's song. 17 tracks, with some light percussion and guitar, which take us through the centuries and around the world with spirit, deep feeling and magic, which must only be multiplied in their live performances.

Songlist: The Burning of Auchindoon, Bahlele Bonke, King of the Castle, Rantin' Dog, Harriet Tubman, High Germany, Women O' Dundee, Johnny I Hardly Knew You, Didn't I Leave Nobody But The Baby, Baron o' Brackley, Igama Lama You Can Put Me Down, Aye Waukin O, Cotton Mill Girls, Bone Upon Stone, Both Sides of the Tweed, Wagoner's Lad, The Twa Corbies

9857c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella World Music CDs

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