Talitha MacKenzie and Mouth Music

Two decades have passed since the release of Mouth Music‘s debut album. This Martin Swan produced album pointed Scottish music collectors to the right direction. Formed in 1988, the band came up with eight critically acclaimed albums including EPs.  Between band projects, lead singer Talitha MacKenzie already made four solo albums. The latest is Indian Summer.

According to The Daily Telegraph,  Indian Summer as a “remarkable record (which) packs boundless range, and writing and performance skills to match the scholarly clout” while the BBC’s Frank Hennessey hailed MacKenzie as “one of the great voices of the world… an extraordinary artist” during a broadcast of the “Celtic Heartbeat” programme on BBC Radio Wales. Irish Music Magazine also praised the album, saying “the performances are faultless. (MacKenzie) is blessed with a glorious singing voice that’s warm and expressive.”[9]

Fraoch a Rònaigh, muran a Bhàlaigh
Fraoch a Rònaigh, muran a Bhàlaigh
Crois iar nan cliar, crois iar Sholais
Crois iar nan cliar, crois iar Sholais
Crois iar nan cliar, crois iar Sholais
Beinn Dubh Sholais, Aird a’ Bhorrain

S fhada bhuam Grìminis, Lìrinis, Càrinis…

Fraoch a Rònaigh, muran a Bhàlaigh
Fraoch a Rònaigh, muran a Bhàlaigh
Crois iar nan cliar, crois iar Sholais
Crois iar nan cliar, crois iar Sholais
Crois iar nan cliar, crois iar Sholais
Beinn Dubh Sholais, Aird a’ Bhorrain
Beinn Dubh Sholais, Aird a’ Bhorrain

Translation:
Heather from Rona, sea-bent from Vallay
Heather from Rona, sea-bent from Vallay
Western cross of the clergy, western cross of Sollas
Western cross of the clergy, western cross of Sollas
Western cross of the clergy, western cross of Sollas
Black Mountain of Sollas, Height of Morran

Far from me are Griminish, Lirinish, Cairnish…

Heather from Rona, sea-bent from Vallay
Heather from Rona, sea-bent from Vallay
Western cross of the clergy, western cross of Sollas
Western cross of the clergy, western cross of Sollas
Western cross of the clergy, western cross of Sollas
Black Mountain of Sollas, Height of Morran
Black Mountain of Sollas, Height of Morran

Lyrics translation from Wikia

P.S.

Sorry on being away. My work schedule changed and my laptop is still being repaired. I am just blogging in a little cyber cafe. I hope to keep up as much as I can.

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4 thoughts on “Talitha MacKenzie and Mouth Music

  1. Thank you for the mention!

    In the interest of accuracy, can I just add that the duo Mouth Music (myself & Martin Swan) began our collaboration in 1988, our eponymous album was recorded in 1990 and, at the request of the record label, we gathered session musicians in order to perform the music on the album at 3 gigs in 1991. After that, Martin chose to focus on another project, which he also called Mouth Music so his subsequent albums/tours are with a different group of people. Chic Medley produced the album Mouth Music; Martin and I worked out most of the arrangements; Martyn Bennett was a featured artist on some tracks. The original project disintegrated in June 1991.

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  2. I am always thrilled whenever I get responses in my posts. And it is such an honor to get that from singers and musicians I really love. It feels like a birthday 🙂 Thank you for the input and more power to your wonderful musical career.

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