- Capercaillie is a Scottish folk band formed in 1983.
- By 2008 they had 14 albums.
- Skye Waulking Song is the first track in album Nadurra, released September 2000. It is a folk gaelic song or celtic rock.
- "Chuir m’athair mise dhan taigh charraideach" means "My father sent me to the house of sorrow".
- A waulking song is a work song that was sung by Scottish women processing tweed cloth, and it would be sung along to the rhythmic movements they would make while processing the cloth.
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- Traditional folk instruments: Fiddle- the folk name for a violin.
Uilean Pipes- softer and sweeter than the bagpipes, and air is controlled by the elbows rather than by mouth.
Accordion- Bellows are moved in and out which causes vibrations.
Bouzouki- It is a Greek long neck lute with strings, played with a plectrum. In recent years it has been used in traditional Scottish and Irish music.
- Modern instruments: Wurlitzer piano-the predecessor of the electric piano. It is a keyboard instrument without strings. The sound is produced by a combination of steel reeds, hammer action and an electrostatic pickup system.
Synthesiser, bass guitar, drum kit
- Singer-Karen Matheson, a low alto voice.
- A layered texture is created by:
- The drum kit playing rhythmic patterns.
- The bass line on the bass guitar.
- Chords on the synthesiser and accordion.
- The main melody is sung and the countermelodies are played on instruments.
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- It is in strophic form.
- The vocal line alternates between 4 phrases, each lasting 1 bar in a call-and-response pattern.
- The vocal line is based on Phrase 1, Refrain 1 and Phrase 2, Refrain 2. Each phrase is followed by its refrain.
- The introduction is an instrumental section.
- Basic structure: Intro, verse 1, verse 2 and the coda.
- Throughout the verses, the phrases and refrains are repeated.
- There is an instrumental break in verse 2.
- In the coda, there are echoes of refrain 1 and 2.
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- It is sung by a low alto voice, and is transcripted into the vocal tenor clef. The vocal line is main syllabic.
- The vocal melody is pentatonic, based on a five note scale in G major- G, A, B, D, E. The accompanient uses all the notes of the scale.
- Phrase 1 and Refrain 1: Starts on the upper dominant, and the refrain falls on the tonic.
- Phrase 2 and Refrain 2: Starts on the lower dominant, refrain ends on the upper dominant.
- The phrases are in Gaelic, and the vocables or refrains are nonsense syllables.
- The instrumentalists play short motifs and counter-melodies based on vocal phrases.
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- This piece is entirely in the diatonic key of G.
- The main chords used are G major, E minor and C major.
- There is a modal feel because the dominant chord is avoided.
- There is a cluster chord at the beginning on the synthesiser, a group of adjacent notes. This cluster chord is loosely based on the G chord.
- The fiddle tremolo on D above the cluster chord in the introduction shows that it isn't in Em, as Em would have D#.
- In the introduction, the main chords are Em and G.
- Phrase 1 and 2 are harmonised with the G chord except once, where Em9 is used, which contains all the chord notes of G.
- Refrains are harmonised with C and/or Em, except once, where Am9 is used, where it has all the chord notes of C and Em.
- There is an effect of repeated plagal cadences at the coda, as it continually jumps between IV and I of G major.
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