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Tunes for a Monday Morning

Today, some very fine music out of Scotland....

Above: Julie Fowlis, from a Gaelic-speaking island in the Hebrides, sings "Hug Air A'Bhonaid Mhoir." I highly recommend her beautiful new album, Gach sgeul (Every story).

Below: Emily Smith, from Dumfries and Galloway, sings "Silver Tassie."  Smith has a terrific new album out too, called Echoes.

Both videos were recorded for the BBC's Transatlantic Sessions.

Above: Emily Smith sings "Caledonia," backed up by Julie Fowlis, and Liam Ó Maonlaí (from The Hothouse Flowers), and Jerry Douglas on steel guitar.

Below: Irish singer Liam Ó Maonlaí  performs "Sadhbh Ni Bhruinneallaigh" for the Scottish Highland Sessions. There is, of course, a lot of cross-over between the Irish and Scots traditions. That's Kathleen MacInnes in the background, no mean singer herself.

And last today:

"Torsa, " a gorgeous instrumental piece by Lau (the Anglo-Scots trio composed of Kris Drever, Martin Green, and Aidan O'Rourke), recorded for the Holy Moly Sessions. Their name comes from the Orcadian word for "natural light."

If you want a little more this morning, try Julie Fowlis' lovely rendition of "Ged A Sheol Mi Air M' Aineol" -- which I was unable to import to this post, alas. Jenna Reid from the Shetlands plays fiddle on this one, alongside a number of other fine folk musicians.