Morag of Dunvegan / Where Will the Young Lass Sleep?

Dunvegan castle is the seat of Clan MacLeod on the Isle O' Skye, once the home of Morag of Dunvegan. Where Will the Young Lass Sleep? was written by a young man left on Skye by his sweetheart who had emigrated to America. This ensemble piece has a brief lyric in gaelic.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp and vocals
Fred Gosbee, 5-string viola, pennywhistle.

Annie Laurie [3:07]

Annie Laurie was composed in the early 1700's as a poem by her lover, William Douglas. In 1834, Lady John Scott found the verses and set them to a tune, Kempye Kaye, which she had written previously.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

Bronwen's Dream © Julia Lane [3:33]

Awakened by music one moonlit night, Julia met her daughter, Bronwen on the stairs. She had been awakened by a dream, so the tune became Bronwen's Dream.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Sharon Pyne, Irish flute.

Mrs. Maule of Panmure [3:31]

Played here in honor of our friend Susan, Mrs. Maule of Panmure was composed by 18th century Scottish fiddler Nathaniel Gow, son of Neil Gow.

Fred Gosbee, 5-string viola, violins.

Kate Dalrymple/Nancy Hanks [3:09]

Kate Dalrymple & Nancy Hanks are tunes passed along in the oral tradition.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp; Fred Gosbee, high and low D whistles.

Miss Hamilton [2:36]

Although the identity of Miss Hamilton is in question, we do know that Cornelius Lyons, the composer, was harper to the Lord of Antrim in the 17th century.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

Bach's Minuet for Anna Magdalena [2:49]

J.S.Bach wrote Minuet in G for Anna Magdalena for the amusement of his wife, herself a pianist. We have taken Bach's melody and arranged it in the same way we work with traditional Irish melodies.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, classical guitar, recorders
Doreen Conboy, cello.

Neil Gow's Lament on the Death of His Second Wife [4:09]

We are told that Neil Gow's first wife was his fiddle. Ironically the violin used here was destroyed shortly after the recording was done. It is the only recording Fred ever did with that instrument.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, violin

My Lagan Love [4:26]

My Lagan Love is a timeless Irish air in praise of a mysterious lady.

Julia Lane, harp, choir vocals
Fred Gosbee, choir vocals Mary Queen of Scots Death March [4:09]

The music for Mary, Queen of Scots was found during the recent renovation of a Scottish mansion. It was designated to be played at her execution. Mary is believed to have been a harpist. This version is from George Haig, of Falkirk, currently staying in Dunfermline in the Kingdom of Fife.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
George Haig, autoharp.

Bridget Cruise (Airs 3 & 4) [4:24]

Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) was a blind professional harper patronized by Irish nobility. O'Carolan composed four airs for Bridget Cruise, the love of his life. Airs 3 & 4 are our favorites.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, Irish flute

Sweet Phyllis © Julia Lane/Phyllis on the New Mown Hay [3:15]

Sweet Phyllis/ Phyllis in the New Mown Hay are for two dear friends of that name. The first is an original by Julia, the second an Elizabethan ditty.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, classical guitar

Grandmother's Waltz [3:13]

Julia wrote Grandmothers' Waltz for Fred's great-grandmother, who was one of those grand ladies who seem to glide across the dance floor of life.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee 5-string violas

Morag Hendricksen (Tune for Morag) © Gordon Bok [3:25]

Morag Henriksen is a melody made by Gordon Bok for a mutual friend from Portree on the Isle of Skye.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp; Fred Gosbee, low F whistle

Gloomy Winter's Now Awa [5:18]

A gardener's year begins with the songs of a brook, free from ice and a whistling bird. Our studio is in a forest and we invited the spring birds to sing on this track. Little did we realize that we would have to change the key of this Scottish air to harmonize with our Maine birds!

Julia Lane, Celtic harp and vocal choir
Fred Gosbee, violin
Mother Nature, brook and birds

Smiling Spring [2:27]

Smiling Spring is another Scottish expression of the awakening season.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

The Heather Breeze/The Butterfly [6:58]

Wafting around a Celtic hillside one might hear a traditional melody like The Heather Breeze. The Butterfly is a contemporary Irish slip jig depicting a jaunty flight among the flowers.

Julia Lane, 2 Celtic harps (!)
Fred Gosbee, viola, Irish flute, high D whistle.

The Harmony of May [3:31]

The Harmony of May was collected in the early 1800's by George Petrie. The lyrics have unfortunately been lost.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

The Southwind/A Rosebud By My Early Walk [5:49] There are lovely lyrics invoking the Southwind to bless Ireland. On this recording we have a chorus of 23 Julias, but no words. A Rosebud by My Early Walk depicts a dewy morning stroll through a Scottish garden as perceived by a traditional musician.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp, choir vocals
Patricia Boyle-Wight, orchestra flute.

The Sprig of Shillelagh/ The Acorn © Julia Lane [4:09] A tribute to the ancient oak forests (shellaly means "oak" in Gaelic) is the traditional Irish set-dance The Sprig o' Shellaly.The Acorn "sprang" into Julia's hands one day while playing.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, high d whistle

The Lea Rig/Corn Rigs [4:40]

In Scotland, a plot of arable land was known as a "rig".The Lea Rig was out of the wind, perfect for romantic meetings, while the Lammas moon shone on a rendezvous in the Corn Rigs.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

An Italian Bouquet [4:44]

Music in the garden was required by Renaissance aristocrats. The tunes for An Italian Bouquet are from a collection of anonymous 16th century Italian lute suites.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, classical guitar

All In a Garden Green [3:14]

All in a Garden Green, an English country dance tune, evokes an elegant garden celebration.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, soprano,alto, bass recorders
Doreen Conboy, cello

The Last Rose of Summer [4:09]

Crickets serenade as pale petals drift from The Last Rose of Summer. 19th century Irish poet Thomas Moore penned lyrics for his wife.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Mother Nature, crickets

Country Gardens/Harvest Home [3:27]

A beautiful Country Garden requires good humored work while Harvest Home celebrates the delights of gathering the fruits of one's labor.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Doreen Conboy, cello

Migration © Julia Lane [3:48]

As the year spirals into autumn, many creatures set off on their annual Migration. This melody celebrates the Monarch butterflies that surrounded Julia as she played outside one September day.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Mother Nature, Canada geese

Coilsfield House [5:06]

18th century fiddler Nathaniel Gow composed Coilsfield House for a manor house in Ayrshire.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, violins, viola

Carolan's Cottage [4:32]

Carolan's Cottage is attributed to the blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), but is noted as Alloa House in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum (1787).

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Patricia Boyle-Wight, first orchestra flute
Fred Gosbee, second orchestra flute

Castle of the Faerie Queen © Nollaig Casey [4:16]

Castle of the Faerie Queen (Lois Na Banriona) is an elegant, courtly air made by contemporary Irish fiddler Nollaig Casey. We learned this from a field recording of an Australian kitchen band.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, 12-string guitar

Whithorn © Julia Lane [3:57]

Whithorn was inspired by the first Christian settlement in Scotland established by St Ninian on the Solway Firth in the 4th century. This piece was commission by the Dunfries and Galloway Arts Association in Scotland for inclusion in the Sang O the Solway presentation.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp, choir vocals
Fred Gosbee, violin, choir vocals

Dumfries House [1:45]

Dumfries House, built in a parkland in Ayrshire between 1754-9 inspired Robert Burns' poem- "to John Kennedy, Dumfries House".

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

Rivendell [6:06]

All travelers were welcome at Rivendell, the home of Elrond the Elvish healer in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. At Julia's request, Fred built a special low whistle for this recording.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp, vocals
Fred Gosbee, low C whistle

Castle Kelly/Drummond Castle [5:54]

Castle Kelly in Fife, Scotland, originally dates from 1360, but was rebuilt in the 1600's. A fine example of domestic Lowland architecture, the 19th century restoration includes a walled garden of roses. Drummond Castle, near Crieff, was built in 1491. The family was removed by Cromwell to house his troops in the mid 17th century.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, violin
Doreen Conboy, cello

Roslin Castle [4:07]

Roslin Castle in Angus, also known as Glamis Castle, is mentioned in Macbeth. Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was born here. The tune, possibly composed by James Oswald, is noted in several 18th century Scottish collections. It became a shape-note hymn and was a favorite funeral march in early 19th century America.

Julia Lane' Celtic harp

Tigh Morag © Julia Lane/Da Perrie Hoose Ahint the Burn [6:46]

Tigh Morag (Morag's House) depicts our friend John McLeod's cottage on Skye, where otters swim up the burn past the sunroom. Da Peerie Hoose Ahint da Burn is a traditional Shetland reel.

Julia Lane, Celtic Har
Particia Boyle-Wight, orchestra flute

Hatfield House/Little House Under the Hill [3:39]

Hatfield House, a 15th century English manor house, was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I. The Little House under the Hill is a traditional reel. These two tunes bring to mind the festive country dancing that enlivened many a gathering at "the big hoose".

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, violin, viola
Forrest Dillon, harpsichord

Cumbernauld House [6:46]

Cumbernauld House in Wigtown was built in 1731 on the site of a castle destroyed by Cromwell's troops in 1651. One of the biggest in Scotland, it reflected the power of the Fleming family. Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, and Bonnie Prince Charlie have all figured prominently in Cumbernauld's colorful history. The melody is noted in Johnson's 18th century Scots Musical Museum.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, viola, violins, high c whistle
Doreen Conboy, cello

March of the King of Laois [4:09]

The elegant March of the King of Laois (pronounced "leash") may have been composed for Ruari Og O'Mordha, king of an ancient Irish province.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Barbara Burt, French horn
Fred Gosbee, bass drum

Ruari Dall's Jig/ Sherrifmuir [3:37]

Ruari Dall's Jig was made by a blind Scottish harper for his patrons on the Isle of Skye. Sherrifmuir was the scene of a great battle.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

Carolan's Draught [2:50]

Carolan's Draught, by Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1685-1735) celebrates his favorite libation.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Doreen Conboy, cello
Fred Gosbee, guitar, whistle

Daft Robin [2:29]

The Scottish Daft Robin could be named for a mythical sprite,or perhaps a just a dreamy young man. We found this tune in Niel Gow's collection.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

King of the Faeries [6:35]

According to Celtic myth, the King of the Faeries is a trickster and shapeshifter- listen for the magic.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, bull-roarer, chimes, bass drum, bodhran
Brett Burnham, bones

Lament for the Reverend Archie Beaton © John Mason [3:36]

Lament for the Reverend Archie Beaton salutes a 20th century Ayrshire minister and champion of Gaelic culture.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, viola.

Dainty Davie [2:56]

Dainty Davie, a Scottish dandy, has at least two sets of lyrics, one by Robert Burns, with contrasting sensibilities.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Ian McHarg, Scottish smallpipes
Fred Gosbee, 12-string guitar, tenor fiddle

Maurice O'Connor [2:56]

Maurice O'Connor, another piece composed by O'Carolan, was made and named for one of his many patrons.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

When the King Came Over the Boyne Water/ Lord Lovat's/The Iron Man/Angus Campbell [7:39]

Traditional tunes are often played in sets as When the King Came Over the Boyne (air) Lord Lovat's (march), The Iron Man (strathspey), and Angus Campbell (reel). The last two were made by 19th century Scottish fiddler J. Scott Skinner.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, fiddles, 12-string guitar
Alden Robinsonon, lead fiddle on Angus Campbell

Sweet Jim © Fred Gosbee [4:28]

Sweet Jim is a tribute to our romantic friend and his lady love.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, violin, violas, bass

Two Laments for Owen Roe [5:26]

Two Laments for Owen Roe commemorate a pair of Irish heroes, one of the pen and one of the sword. Owen Roe O'Sullivan, was a "sweet-mouthed " 18th century Munster poet and General Owen Roe O'Neill won a strategic victory against Cromwell in 1646.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, low A whistle
Mother Nature, wind in the beech leaves, crows

The Minstrel Boy [4:07]

The Minstrel Boy has lyrics by Thomas Moore and is a moving salute to courage and conviction in the face of adversity.

Barbara Burt, French horn
Doreen Conboy, cello
Laura Lee Perkins, orchestra flute, alto flute
Fred Gosbee, Eb tuba

My Heart's in the Hielan's/Come by the Hills [5:02]

My Heart's in the Hielands was used by poet Robert Burns for a song of the same name.

Julia Lane - Celtic harp, voice
Fred Gosbee - 12-string guitar, viola violins

Salisbury Craig [3:21]

Salisbury Craig, near Edinburgh, Scotland, was a fovourite haunt of Sir Walter Scott.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, violin

Ye Banks and Braes [3:28]

This is on of Robert Burns best known songs and a wonderful harp piece as well.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp.

Craigie Dhu © Dougie MacLean [3:33]

This tune was made by Scottish musician Dougie McLean. The title means "The Black Crag", a place where you might hear eagles as they soar in the thermals.

Julia Lane - Celtic harp; Fred Gosbee - eagle whistle, pennywhistle

The Bens of Jura [3:32]

The Bens of Jura rise out of the Hebridean mists. They are said to represent a woman's body.

Julia Lane - Celtic harp

Si Beag Si Mhor [4:51]

Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan made this tune depicting the hill forts of rival faerie clans, one small (Si Beag) and one large (Si Mhor)

Alden Robinson - fiddle
Fred Gosbee - Appalachian dulcimer, bass, Irish flute, low Irish flute
Julia Lane - Celtic harp

Woodcock Hill/ The Heather Glen [4:05]

Woodcock Hill and the Heather Glen are both places you might go for a picnic outing.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, high d whistle, Irish flute

Bonnie Hills and Dales © Julia Lane [4:51]

Bonnie Hills and Dales was inspired by southwest Scotland. It is the opening piece for Sand O the Solway

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, violins, violas, cello, pennywhistle, Irish flute, bass

The Heathy Little Hill [3:15]

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, high d whistle

Katahdan © Fred Gosbee [4:58]

Katahdan is the highest mountain in Maine. It is one of the oldest mountains in the world and it sacred to the indigenous people.

Fred Gosbee - violin, shaker, drum, chant vocals, digeridu, native American flute

Cerro Chato/Volcan Arenal© Fred Gosbee & Julia Lane [8:10]

These mountains are in Costa Rica, near La Fortuna. We visited there in 2004 and wrote these tunes. At less than 3000 years, Vulcan Arenal is one of the youngest mountains in the world.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, 12-string guitar

Dobbin's Flowery Vale/The Hills of Harmony/Ben Lommand/The Banks of Inverness [9:36]

This set of tune brings an end to our tour of mountains.The Hills of Harmony was inspired by Fred's home town in central Maine. We found Ben Lommand in the Elias Howe collection, published in Boston, circa 1840. The Banks of Inverness we learnt from our good friend, Nik Apollonio.

Julia Lane - Celtic harp, voice
Fred Gosbee - Irish flute, "sitar-guitar", tenor violin, cello, violin

Setting Sail from Iona/Arran Boat Song/The Cuillins of Rhum [8:10]

On a beach in western Scotland, Setting Sail for Iona, we hear sailors singing the Arran Boat Song. Further on our journey north, mist shrouds The Cuillins of Rhum. All are melodies of Hebridean boat songs.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp, choir vocals
Fred Gosbee, low and high F whistles, viola, chant vocals
Atlantic Ocean, surf

The Water Kelpie/The Mermaid [5:59]

Legends abound in the Western Isles of The Water Kelpie (Isle of Mann) and the Mermaid Song (Scotland) which will lure the unwary to a watery doom.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp.

The Mackerel Jig © Nikos Apollonio/Out on the Ocean [3:02]

Fresh fish are a staple of coastal people and what better way to spend the day than to Mackerel Jig / Out on the Ocean! The first of these tunes was made by our friend Nick Apollonio, the second is traditional Irish.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, low A whistles, fiddle

The Islae of St Kilda/ Eilean Mo Chridh [4:45]

Far out in the north Atlantic lies the Isle of St Kilda, now a bird sanctuary. The human residents of this remote community were removed in Victorian times. Songs like Eilan Mo Chridh (Isle of My Heart) might remind them of their homeland.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, violins, English concertina
Mother Nature, surf, seagulls

My Love Across the Water © Julia Lane [4:55]

The ocean has always been the cause of both connection and separation. My Love Across the Water is a part of our Sang of the Solway suite and tells of lovers separated by the Irish Sea.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, violas, high d whistle

Adrift © Julia Lane [6:21]

Weather changes rapidly on the water and the fog can mysteriously envelope everything, confounding all sense and logic- one feels Adrift.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, low D whistles, high d whistle, choir vocals, gong buoy
Round Pond Harbor, waves

The Dark Island © Iain MacLauchlan [3:19]

Out of the mist rises The Dark Island, a refuge.

Fred Gosbee, 12-string guitar, English concertina

Sullivan's Fancy/ Muscongus Hornpipe [3:43]

On the shore, sailors dance to Sullivan's Fancy, inspired by Sir Arthur Sullivan's Ruddigore, and the Muscongus Hornpipe, by an island near our home. Hornpipes were invented by British naval officers to keep their sailors fit.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp
Fred Gosbee, Irish flute, classic guitar, low A whistle

The Three Sea Captains [2:36]

In the tavern, Three Sea Captains might be seen comparing charts and raising a glass or two.

Julia Gosbee, Celtic harp

Shenandoah/The Water is Wide [5:57]

In the harbor, a ship leaves again. The crewsings the old chantey Shenandoah while onshore wives and sweethearts lament that The Water is Wide. These last two are traditional, American and Scottish respectively. They are favorites of Julia's parents and are played for them.

Julia Lane, Celtic harp, choir vocals
Fred Gosbee, classical guitar, choir vocals, English concertina, Irish flute, bass

Arms Around My Jo

Jo is a Scottish endearment.

Fred Gosbee, violin

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

Simple Gifts

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

The Shakers of Maine have left a legacy of elegant simplicity that takes on special meaning during the holiday season. Simple Gifts is the most famous of their great body of tunes. Composed in 1835 by Shaker brother John Brackett, the melody was used in Aaron Copeland's Apallacien Spring, Sidney Carter's Lord of the Dance, and most recenty in Michael Flatley's Irish dance extraviganza called Lord of the Dance

Packington's Pound

Fred Gosbee, baroque guitar, violins, viola, Irish flute

John Come Kiss Me Now

Julia Lane, Celtic harp

Fred Gosbee, violin, Irish flute, viola

 


2006-08-07 © Castlebay, Inc.
email us