Video: “Stad Amsterdam” at Dieb’s

Time for my personal favourite:

“De Stad Amsterdam”. During this song I can do what I love most: playing as wild as I can on my violin.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Yours, Dieb

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Video: “Bog Down in the Valley-o” at Dieb’s

Welcome at my place!

The song we will sing for you now is amazing, but also very difficult: Bog Down in the Valley-o.

Can you sing along?

Yours, Dieb

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Video: Lord of the Dance

In writing the lyrics to “Lord of the Dance” in 1963,

Sydney Carter was inspired partly by Jesus, but also partly by a statue of the Hindu God Shiva as Nataraja (Shiva’s dancing pose) which sat on his desk, and was partly intending simply to give tribute to Shaker music. He later stated, “I did not think the churches would like it at all. I thought many people would find it pretty far flown, probably heretical and anyway dubiously Christian. But in fact people did sing it and, unknown to me, it touched a chord … Anyway, it’s the sort of Christianity I believe in.”

(Wikipedia)

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Video: “Drunken Sailor” – Sea Shanty

“Drunken Sailor” is a sea shanty, also known as “What Shall We Do with a/the Drunken Sailor?”

The shanty was sung to accompany certain work tasks aboard sailing ships, especially those that required a bright walking pace. It is believed to originate in the early 19th century or before, during a period when ships’ crews, especially those of military vessels, were large enough to permit hauling a rope whilst simply marching along the deck. With the advent of merchant packet and clipper ships and their smaller crews, which required different working methods, use of the shanty appears to have declined or shifted to other, minor tasks.
“Drunken Sailor” was revived as a popular song among non-sailors in the 20th century, and grew to become one of the best-known songs of the shanty repertoire among mainstream audiences. It has been performed and recorded by many musical artists and appeared in many popular media.
Although the song’s lyrics vary, they usually contain some variant of the question, “What shall we do with a drunken sailor, early in the morning?”
In some styles of performance, each successive verse suggests a method of sobering or punishing the drunken sailor. In other styles, further questions are asked and answered about different people.

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Video: Jock Stewart – Scottish folk song

I’m a man you won’t meet every day!

So be easy and free..

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Video: The King of the Fairies

Also known as Bonny Charlie, Dance Of Love, The Fairies Selection,

Gradh Mo Chroidhe Do Shean Wig, King O’ The Fairies, King Of Fairies, King Of The Faeries, The King Of The Faeries, King Of The Fairies March, The King Of The Fairies, King William, King William Of Orange, King William’s, Prince William Of Orange, Rí Na Sideog, Set Dance, Setdance, Your Old Wig Is The Love Of My Heart.

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Video: “Loch Lomond” at David’s

Slowly darkness falls over my garden and the torches are lit.

From my balcony I watch until I can play.

“Loch Lomond” is a well-known Scottish traditional. We play it also, with our torches and the bagpipes

After the song we play “Farewell to the Creeks”. It’s standing in “The Scottish Guards”. It’s also a traditional Scottish tune.

We can not do it here inside. So we’re going back to the garden

Have fun watching this video! “Loch Lomond” at David’s

So, enjoy!, David

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Video: “The Jolly Beggar”

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Video: “Johnnie Cope – The Geese in the Bog – Turf Lodge” at David’s

The next song often comes right after the tunes we played for you last week,

because there is no need for us to change instruments and it’s a very upbeat song.

The song “Johnnie Cope”. Is one of the first songs we did with the bagpipes. It’s about John Cope. Sir John Cope. Who lost the battle with the Jacobites in 1745.

And after that we play two jigs: “The Geese in the Bog”. And after that: “Turf Lodge”

We hope you like it as much as we do!

Yours, David

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Video: “Loch Lomond” @ The Balver Höhle Irish Folk Festival

Rapalje is performing “The Crown and the Ring”

at The Balver Höhle Irish Folk Festival with Irish hardshoe step dancing from Jarno!

The Balve Cave is the biggest cultural cave in Europe. It is located in Balve, Germany.

And every year the Festspiele Balver Höhle organization is presenting the Balver Höhle Irish folk & Celtic Music Festival.

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