Monday, March 24, 2014

Sad Songs

Some friends exchange gifts of this sort or that.  Tyler-Rose and I like to exchange sad songs.  Sad songs of a Scottish or Irish folk persuasion, mostly.  Often ballads. 

We've accumulated some favorites, so without further ado, I give you: 

Tyler-Rose and Susan's top 5 Sad Irish/Scottish/folk/English/Celtic Songs: 

(Well.........okay, I may have snuck one happy ending in here.  Can you find it? :P) 



Starting off strong with...  "Drowned Lovers" by Kate Rusby:

 
 
 
A variation on that theme:  "Step it out, Mary" by The High Kings:
 

 
 
 
Another Kate Rusby--a male-perspective ballad with the auspicious title, "I Am Stretched On Your Grave":
 
 
 
 
Of course, this list would be nothing without a love-gone-to-sea song--"There Was a Maid In Her Father's Garden" by Dervish: 
 
 
 
 
And last but not least, my hands-down absolute favorite and most weep-worthy, Loreena McKennit's rendition of "The Highwayman":
 


Did you find the happy one? 

6 comments:

  1. I've been listening to Loreena McKennitt for years, and so many of her songs could fall under the category of 'sad and tragic'. Maybe that's why I've always loved her music. :-)

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    1. Isn't she great? :) And Canadian, too!

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  2. I'm glad all the Sad Scottish Songs we've collected finally get their own post. Also, Loreena McKennit's *Lady of Shallot.* This version of *I Am Stretched On Your Grave* also makes me want to weep, but for a different reason.

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  3. Thank you for sharing these with us. The last song is hauntingly beautiful, I have not heard of Loreena before but will be sure to look her up now.

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    1. I'm so glad we could introduce you to Loreena!! She is such an amazing artist. Enjoy. :)

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