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Baile Ard

by Seumas Gagne

Seumas Gagne's debut solo CD featuring traditional and original songs in Scottish Gaelic, traditional dance tunes and more.
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1. O Is Toil Agus Gu Ro Thoil Leam
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2. The Clumsy Lover
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3. Uibhist Mo Ghraidh
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4. Gradh Geal Mo Chridhe
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5. The Fair Maid of Barra / The Lime Hill Strathspey
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6. Cha Tig Mor, Mo Bhean Dhachaidh
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7. Tir Nan Og
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8. Miss Monaghan's Reel / The Morning Dew
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9. Is Truagh Leam Ar Sgaradh
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10. Oran Do Bhaile Ard
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11. Jenny Dang the Weaver / The Ale Is Dear
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12. Gleann Bhaile Chaoil
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Seumas Gagne's debut solo CD featuring traditional and original songs in Scottish Gaelic, traditional dance tunes and more. Seumas is joined by Christine Traxler on fiddle, Colin Isler on cello, and Tom Fallat on all manner of drums.

One of the two original songs provides the title for the recording, "Oran do Bhaile Ard" which translates as "Song for Ballard." Seumas wrote the song near the end of the seven years he spent living near the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle, before the housing boom turned his rental duplex into new townhouses and sent him into self-imposed exile in nearby Greenwood.

The recording is a departure from the customary instruments and arrangement style used in Scottish and Irish music. Seumas sings lead and accompanies himself on a Seattle-made Dusty Strings folk harp. For the eight tracks with vocals, Christine Traxler and Colin Isler create lush harmonies and elegant counterpoint. Three of the tracks are sets of traditional dance tunes, on which a fan of Celtic music might expect the fiddle to take the lead, but Gagne has surprises there as well. The harp stays out in front playing the tunes the whole time, never retreating into an accompaniment role. Tom Fallat's varied percussion contributions on several tracks will catch the listeners ear also. Along with a full drum kit, tabla, dumbek, and other hand percussion instruments make appearances. On four of the vocal tracks, Seumas is also joined by backing vocalists Doug Barr, Dale Cummings, Penny McLeod DeGraff, Kathryn Cole, and Carmen Mettler.

The CD was recorded and mixed at Empty Sea Studios on Phinney ridge in Seattle and engineered by Michael Connolly.


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Sally V.

There is something for everyone in this wonderful new CD!
Although Seumas’s love of Scottish music and Gaelic culture are very obvious in this finely produced CD, it will also have great crossover appeal for those not solely interested in Celtic music. With a fine, clear voice, a total mastery of the Scottish harp, talent for composing beautiful songs, excellent taste in choosing material to present, and talented artists for his back-up musicians and vocalists, Seumas has made this is a ‘must have’ CD. Everyone will find his or her own favorites but the incredibly beautiful Uibhist Mo Ghraidh with Seumas’s spot-on voice, beautiful harp playing, and poignant fiddle and cello accompaniment by Christine Traxler and Colin Isler is at the top of my list. Nudging for first place is Seumas’s own haunting composition Is Truagh Leam Ar Sgaradh – although a modern day composition, it sounds and feels of ancient times. His other composition, Oran do Bhaile Ard, tells of the love of a special home and time with the backing vocals putting us in the middle of one of his ceilidh’s. Jenny Dang the Weaver and The Ale is Dear showcase his incredible ability and dexterity on the harp – clean, crisp, complex and fast! You’ll want to play this CD over and over and over.