In this class I will introduce my students to the basics of Scottish Gaelic singing. From technique to proper pronunciation, students can expect to learn a handful of simple Gaelic songs, as well as the histories and social contexts of the material. From 'waulking' or work songs, to lullabies, to war laments, Gaelic singing is a rich and varied tradition.
In this first session, I will teach a simple lullaby called 'Bà i ù o hò', taught to me by the Gaelic singer Christine Primrose. Students will recieve both handouts of the lullaby in both English and Gaelic. After learning the song together by singing in the round, students will have the opportunity to sing the lullaby individually, so I can offer personal critiques on pronunciation. At the end of the session, I will handout our song for the second session, a 'waulking' or work song called 'Gaol ise Gaol i', or 'She Is My Love'.
This class is perfect for anyone who has an interest in Celtic and traditional music, as well as those with Scottish heritage. Please bring a tape recorder, scrap paper, pen or pencil, your voice, and enthusiasm. Handouts will be provided, but students should also bring live recordings home to aid in correct pronunciation. No previous knowledge of the language or tradition is necessary. Gaelic is endangered, but you can be part of keeping this ancient and beautiful language and tradition alive.
Students have the opportunity to sign up for just session 1. At the end of the session, we will decide on a date in November that will work best for all of the students, and I will post it the following day on Skillshare. There will be ten sessions in total to this 'Introduction to Scottish Gaelic Song' course.