Christine Primrose - Gradh is Gonadh - Guth ag aithris (Love and Loss - A Lone Voice)

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(June 2017)

14 Tracks: O A Leannain (Oh Sweetheart) * Am Fleasgach Dualach (The Curly-haired Young Man) * Gràdh Maireannach (Everlasting Love) * Thig an Smeòrach as t-Earrach (The Thrush Comes in Spring) * Suirghe na h-Oidhche (Night-time Courting) * An Gille Donn (The Brown-haired Lad) * Thug Mi Mo Làmh Don Eileanach (I Gave My Promise to the Islander) * Marbhrann do dh'Alasdair MacLeòid (Elegy for Alasdair MacLeod) * Chunnaic Mi Uam a' Bheinn (I saw the Ben from a distance) * Baile M’Àrach (The Village Where I Grew Up) * Eilean Leòdhais Gur Fada Thriall Mi (Island of Lewis, I Travelled Afar from You) * An Gille Dubh Cha Treig Mi (The Black-Haired Lad I'll Not Forsake) [Bonus Track] * Mo Cheist am Fear Bàn (My Love Is the Fair-haired One) [Bonus Track] * Gad Ionndrainn (Missing You) [Bonus Track].

This is a powerful album of pure and unaccompanied traditional Scottish Gaelic song by Christine Primrose.

She is widely recognised and acknowledged as one of the great singers of her generation with a spectacular musical heritage.

Over three decades on from her groundbreaking debut release, the cultural landscape and personal timing is right for this solo recording of clarity, poignancy and depth from a remarkable and mature voice.

Laid bare and given space to breathe and speak, the emotion and feeling in this work make a connection that transcends language. These are songs of love and loss, presented in their most pure form; unaccompanied, vulnerable and beautiful.

This release is an important milestone in the career of an increasingly important artist and singer, stripped back to basics and reflecting her earliest and deepest sense of what Gaelic song is and should be.

"a masterpiece...every note and every syllable here is a note of grace." Aonghas Padraig Caimbeul

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