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? 


  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. :-)

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

  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.

  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.

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