Item T-462 - Gaelic Songs with John A. Beaton

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Gaelic Songs with John A. Beaton

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  • 1976 (Creation)
    MacLean, Peter
    Boston (Massachusetts)

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1 audio reel

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(1921 - 2013)

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Born in Rear Christmas Island he was the son of the late John P. and Annie (Anna Mhìcheal Nìll Mhìcheil) MacInnis MacLean. Their home was one of the most notable cèilidh houses in that area of the country. Peter grew up in a household where Gaelic was the language of everyday life and in which Gaelic cultural expression in its many forms wove the fabric of social community interaction.
Peter worked as a carpenter starting in his teen years, learning the trade from craftsmen in the local community and going on to spend some 20 years working in the Boston area. During his stay in Boston, he was invited to join members of the North Shore Gaelic Singers to perform at the Newport Rhode Island Folk Festival, and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

In addition to being a performer of rare ability, Peter was a mentor, a cultural icon, a friend and an inspiration to the many, many people who came to learn from him, novices and seasoned performers alike.

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Item is an audio recording of singers from Boston, Judique, Christmas Island and Southwest Margaree singing a selection of Gaelic songs.

John A. Beaton :

Nighean Dubh Nighean Donn
"Faill i O Ro Faill I O
Oran Seòlaidh
O Sud an Taobh a Ghabhainn
Òran Seòlaidh
Mo Chrìdhe Trom 's Cha Neònach
Ochoinn a Rìgh Nach Mi Tha Muladach
"Ochoin a righ, gur h-e mi tha muladach..."
"Ochion fada bhuam thu..."
"Ho ro thill e ill o ro..."
"Ho gur mise, he gur mise..."

Joe MacKenzie (Christmas Island N.S) and Kay Macdonald ( Southwest Margaree N.W) :

"A mhairi dhubh, a hu a ho..."

John A. Beaton : "Gaol an t-Seoladair"

MacLellan, Malcolm : Deoch slainte luchd nam brachannan

John A. Beaton :

Buain nan dearcan
Hu a ho , 's mi fo m'inntinn
Horionn o 's mi fo m'inntinn
Horionn o 's na ho ri

MacLellan, Malcolm : Ho ro iu 's na hiurabh eile

John A. Beaton :

Mi nighean dubh
Airigh baile cno

Alex Macleod (Boston) : Air fail irinn, ail irinn

Carmichael, Kenny - Mo Mhali mhin meall-shuileach...

Beaton, John A. - Teannabh dluth is togaibh fonn

MacKenzie, Joe and MacDonald, Kay - Morag 's na horo gheallaidh

MacLean, Peter - Illean ill o, illean i...

MacLean, Peter - Mairi Nigh'n Dhomhnuill

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