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|Comment||Wonderful! It would seem i asked the right gal. "Celtic" was just to broaden the scope of my parameters some, to get something as ghoulish as possible w/o leaving the region, as any old song will suit this purpose-- but not one that hales from Ukraine, for example. And I feel a bit silly that you thought I was planning to translate the Gaelic song to sing it in English! Te he, I just wanted a clear understanding of the meaning! Too funny--although from what little I have heard of Gaelic, that alone would have been some undertaking, just to sing it properly. Thanks a million Kaye, I am NOT a traditional singer, and this was an auspicious stab in the dark-- as for content I think Lamkin will be absolutely perfect:) Again, thank you! Caitlin Easter|
My main field of expertise in in traditional ballads - those commonly known as the Child ballads. Those containing executions are my particular speciality, but I am also interested in ballad structure formula, functions and narrative constructs. However, I also have interest in - and academic knowledge of - bothy ballads, and the singing tradition of Scotland - although not Gaelic song. This includes Jacobite song, political song, songs about the trades, and so on. I'm pretty au fait with traditional singers and bands too. And while I enjoy singing the songs, I'm not so sure others might enjoy listening!
I studied ballads academically, as well as Scottish literature. This extended into Scottish social customs and social history. I was the traditional music reviewer for the Edinburgh Evening News for 4 years, and have several publications to my name.
I have been a freelance tutor in outreach courses from Edinburgh University on Scottish Culture and Tradition, including lifecycle customs, broadsheet ballads in Scotland, the traditional ballad and history. I am a freelance writer, have been a guest presenter on Ch4 History Hunters programme, and was a contributor to BBC Radio Scotland's 'Songlines' series on 'The Dowie Dens of Yarrow', and have advised BBC Radio Scotland researchers regarding Scottish songs and ballads from the Borders.
Books: Forthcoming: The Gallows and The Stake. Published: Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, vol. 10 'Oral Literature and Performance Culture', chapter on The Traditional and the Border Ballad; The Harris Repertoire (Scottish Text Society, co-editor), The Ballad in History (chapter on Border ballads). Journals include Folklore, The Review of Scottish Culture, Scottish Studies, and The Scottish Literary Journal. Music reviews appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News
Ph D, M. Phil, BA (Hons)