Monday Melodies – An Innis Aigh

Yeah, I have no idea what that means, either. I do know that it’s Gaelic.
This song is from the Rankin Family, whom I first began listening to as a kid.
The Rankin Family, from Wikipedia:

The Rankin Family is a Canadian musical family group from Mabou, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The group has won many Canadian music awards, including 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards, four SOCAN Awards, three Canadian Country Music Awards and two Big Country Music Awards

The Rankins come from a family of 12, all of whom would entertain the neighbours musically every third weekend as part of a ceilidh.

The first Rankin Family band formed in the 1970s when siblings Geraldine, Genevieve, David, John Morris, and Raylene Rankin began performing at local weddings and dances in Cape Breton. As the older siblings went away to college and university, the younger siblings Jimmy, Cookie and Heather took their places.[1]

These five siblings – Jimmy, John Morris, Cookie, Raylene and Heather – released their own independent cassettes The Rankin Family (1989) and Fare Thee Well Love (1990), featuring original songs and a combination of traditional jigs, reels and Celtic folk songs. Their television debut was on the CBC variety show On the Road Again in 1989.

Their most successful album was EMI‘s re-release of Fare Thee Well Love in 1992, which went quadruple platinum, selling over 500,000 copies; the title track was one of the year’s biggest Top 40 hit singles in Canada.

You can read more about the Rankins on the Wiki Page.

Once again, I am a harmony-driven person. Give me breathtaking and haunting harmonies and I will swoon and fan myself like an over-heated Southern Belle on a hot August afternoon. Many of their songs are sung in English but more often; they sing in Gaelic. I can’t understand a word they are singing but it doesn’t matter. Their haunting vocals and talent with instruments is enough for me. If you ask my husband, you will learn that lyrics in a song mean very little to me anyhow. He often asks how I can ignore and turn my nose up at some of the music he listens to which are very bass and lyric-driven. Simply put: if it doesn’t sound pretty going in my ears, it’s not worth listening to me. I don’t care if a song has the most poignant, ground-breaking lyrics ever written. If it sounds like a garbled, growling mess I can’t get past that.

That’s it for this edition of Monday Melodies. I hope you enjoyed it, and maybe found a new song for your iPod.

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