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07 July 2016
More lullabies!

I'm really excited about all the additional lullabies I have been able to add to the kistodreams.org website! It's thanks to a small grant from TASGADH and it opens up a range of lullabies which were not included on the original album, but are just as much a part of Scottish lullaby tradition.  

These include songs which are very dark in their themes, such as the classic "Griogal Cridhe (Beloved Gregor)", which commemorates the execution of the singer's husband, Gregor Roy MacGregor.  The beheading had been carried out by her own brother and father, in front of her and her baby, in 1570.

Also included is the unusual "Hushie Baa, Ee-a-baa", a North East lullaby sung from the point of view of the husband of the baby's mother, who knows he is not the baby's natural father and songs from modern tradition, such as the moving "Naoidhean mo Ghaoil (My Heart's Bairn)", mourning the loss of a stillborn baby by Alpin James Bruce Stewart and Zetta Sinclair's sweetly gentle, "Lullin' the Littlin".

Full lyrics are given for each lullaby and a link, where available, to a video or audio clip of the song - just use the drop down menu to select the song.