Stories That Tie

by Fiona J Mackenzie

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The Stories that Tie- about the life of Margaret Fay Shaw on the island of Canna. A Pittsburgh 'Sparrow' who found her way to Scotland and collected the world's most important collection of Gaelic folklore.

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O’er slopes of green velvet, the sounds carry forth
Like the butterfly wings in their crystalline shroud
When the boat comes to harbour with Mac ‘Ic Ailein
Teoghal Eige agus Chanaidh , soars sweet on high cloud
( the people of Eigg and Canna….)
O ro bhan hi ri ri ri, o ro bhan ri eile
Teoghal Eige agus Chanaidh soars sweet on high cloud


Safe in shadows of peaks in the veil of dawn
Embraced in green blanket where bluebells abound
James Grieves on the branches, the Golden Spice too
Where Pippa lies sleeping, keeping watch on the ground
O ro etc
Where Pippa lies sleeping, keeping watch on the ground


O dh’eilean mara fada bho thìr ( o island of the sea so far away)
Bu leibh Rhum is Eige is Chanaidh mo ghràidh ( Rum, Eigg , but Canna is my love)
Seinn Diuram is Òran na h-Eala cho binn ( Sing Diuram and the Song of the Sweet Swan)
She’ll hear those sweet words where e’er she doth lie
O ro etc
She’ll hear those sweet words where e’er she doth lie


With words in her palm and songs in her head
She captured the spirit of stories once said
Air an t-eilean beag uaine leis an t-Oran an Roin ( with the little green island and the Song of the Seal)
O Chanaidh beag bòidheach cum dlùth dhuinn is seinn.( O lovely little Canna, stay close and sing) x 2


4)
Canna Bay down below with Tighard way on high
Where a song before bedtime gives flight to your dreams
With a dram and a piper when sunset was nigh
She kept for the future, the stories that tie
O ro etc
She kept for the future, the stories that tie
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released April 6, 2014
Lyrics and music - Fiona J Mackenzie
Piano- Alistair Iain Paterson

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Fiona J Mackenzie

Gaelic singer songwriter from Scotland, loves to take her music to all Scottish and Celtic music fans across the world. 1 independent album and 3 on the Greentrax label. Royal National Mod Gold Medallist 2005. AProducer of Little Bird Blown Off Course by National Theatre Scotland 2013/4.Now the archvisit for the priceless Canna Archives.
frequent collaborator with Yvonne Lyon
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