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Puirt a beul

Posted by shanoah on March 25, 2009

Ah, more Omodaka? I suppose more Gaelic is in order, then. Looking back at my posts, the only song by Capercaillie it looks like I posted was one being sung by one of the main singers of the group, Karen Matheson.

And that suprises me, because to me, aside from Altan and Clannad, Capercaillie really defines Gaelic music. And I’m posting a Puirt a Beul today, or ‘mouth music’, which is a particular type of music where what is said in the music is not as important as the rhythm the words make.

In Puirt a beul, the words may have the stresses in the wrong places, and some of the syllables may be nonsense syllables, because it is primarily intended to be danced to, even if sung a capella.

This song is “Fosgail an dorus” / “Nighean Bhuidhe-ruadh” (Open the Door / Russet-Haired Daughter.), being sung at Nairn Harbourfest in 1992 and shown on TV[1]. And it is, in fact, the first puirt a beul I had heard. And a very catchy one at that. (So catchy, in fact, that I’ve found myself trying to sing along before, and getting majorly tangled in the jaw-breaking syllables.)

[1] And, as noted on the video, can be found on “Two Nights of Delirium” on DVD.

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