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Any Gaelic songs?

Does anybody have any songs in Gaelic that I can listen to? Or possibly a podcast or any books (for beginners obviously), I'm trying to get exposed for to the language as it is not spoken where I'm from.

May 4, 2020



All you have to do is enter 'Gaelic songs' in YT... they often come with translations. :)



Another option is https://learngaelic.scot/beginners/beagairbheag/songs/

Gaelic radio https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_nan_gaidheal


Thankyou! I will definitely check these out!


There is another post about Gaelic songs that you might like:



Very appreciated:)



I think this is a Scottish song.

From left to right :

Linda NicLeóid (Scottish)

Niamh Farrell (Irish)

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (Irish)

Julie Fowlis (Scottish)


It's a lovely song, however it's partly Irish inbetween the Gaelic...

This is Julie Fowlis in Gaelic:



The one posted above (Fill-iù oro hù o) is mostly in Scottish Gaelic (but there are a few Irish verses intermixed sung by Niamh Farrell), see the lyrics transcribed there: https://ancroiait.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/825-fill-iu-oro-hu-o/


Noted and corrected. :)


Try a bit of Peat & Diesel :)


Check out the music of Mary Jane Lamond from Canada. She sings a lot of traditional songs with more modern musical arrangements.


Sounds cool, I'll give it a look. Thanks!


I like Mànran from the Outer Hebrides. You can find some of the their songs on https://manran.co.uk/music and on Youtube.


I'll check it out!


If you like folk metal, listen to Eluveitie! They have many songs sang in gaelic :)


You mean Gaulish, not Gaelic. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaulish_language

Thanks for the suggestion though. :)


Yes you are right, my mistake :)


Another vote for Julie Fowlis, her voice is so beautiful I don't need to know what she's singing to enjoy it, but I've found translated lyrics for all her songs when googling.

I'd recommend her version of the Beatles Blackbird in Gaelic - Lon-dubh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MzetQfKwbE

Also Wind and Rain on her album Uam (A version of the Two Sisters murder ballad) is a bilingual duet. She sings the Gaelic version, Eddi Reader the English.

and another accessible one is Biodh An Deoch Seo 'N Làimh Mo Rùin - On her Live at Perthshire Amber album she tries to get the audience to sing that line as it's fairly simple and catchy - It must be as I've managed to remember it! (her introduction starts on the track before)

(her Puirt à beul sets are the opposite of accessible, but breathtaking, literally)

Also I have to mention Peat and Diesel cos they're brilliant, though probably not that helpful. If you think some Pogues-esque mental Gael-glish accordian punk rock from Steòrnabhagh might be your thing you can pick up some phrases in amongst the nonsense, like Co leig a-mach thu? And they tend to be repeated - a lot - so yesterday I was walking round with gearraidh na mòine as an earworm.


Thank you so much! I will definitely take a listen to all these!


The Rankin Family from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia did quite a few Gaelic songs including "Chì Mi Na Mòrbheanna" and "Ho Ro Mo Nighean Donn Bhoidheach" and "Mo Rùn Geal Dileas" and one of my favourites, "Leis An Lurgainn". You can find them all on YouTube :)


That's awesome, thanks for the suggestions!


I would like to have songs, if you find any


My ancestors were Scottish but I am american


Julie Fowlis is my favorite. This one is simple to learn and lyrics are easy to find if you search for them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWvbIwSqGo8 Depending on where you live, her stuff is really easy to find streaming, and she posts the lyrics for her newer stuff on her website too.


You can try looking up old Celtic Connections programmes, they always feature performers singing in Gàidhlig. This is the 2020 brochure: https://glprodceltic.blob.core.windows.net/media/otslpmsg/39889_celtic-connections_brochure_digital-spreads_aw_round-2.pdf Check out the artists that have a little green 'GA' dot on their image. I recently got some promotion CDs from the guy who organises the programming, and some of the Gàidhlig-speaking performers featured were: Niteworks (aka Obair Oidhche) with Kathleen MacInnes, Griogair Labhruidh (also in the band Dàimh), Karen Matheson (also sings in a band, Capercaillie).

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