|The Session Recordings - Crosswinds by Capercaillie
Capercaillie - Crosswinds
Mouth music, puirt a beul in Gaelic, is the music that arose
when music instruments were banned (presumably after the '45
uprising). Gaels used to dance to musical instruments and
when the instruments were banned, Mouth Music was invented
to replace the instruments. A lot of the lyrics are meaningless,
and the meaning behind the rest of the words is usually not
that deep either. However, it is not just mouth music that
has meaningless lyrics - waulking songs (songs for waulking tweed
to) also have these meaningless lyrics (call vocables). The
vocables are important in many songs though, they give the song
its rhythm and this is why no two songs have the same vocables.
Puirt a beul comes in all forms, people tend to associate it with
reels, but it can also be associated with strathspeys. I started
to learn "Mor a' Cheannaich" last week, which is the Strathspey part of next year's choral "puirt"
competition at The Royal National Mod. This song appears on the Capercaillie album "Crosswinds" and
is simply entitled "Puirt a beul". They also did another puirt on the following album , that song is
called "Fosgail an dorus" and is on the "Sidewaulk album".
See Groups: Capercaillie
See Albums: Sidewaulk The Blood Is Strong
See Musicians: Donald Shaw