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The Belfast Wireless Orchestra

on 2BE Belfast

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EVVA KERR (soprano) Not until the eighteenth century was any serious attempt made to write down the old melodies of the Highlands and Islands. About 1760 the Rev. Patrick MacDonald and his brother made a collection of airs which they published, and, though they probably differed a great deal in their written form from the traditional way in which they had been sung for countless generations, they still held much of the wild, simple beauty which no other music has in quite the same degree.
In our time Mrs. Kennedy-Fraser has done very valuable work in rescuing and transcribing many of the tunes which would soon have been lost and forgotten but for her enthusiasm. No one can tell at this date how near her arrangements come to the genuine original forms, but they do observe to a remarkable degree what we have grown to regard as the spirit of Hebridean music.


Conducted By:
Peter Montgomery
Evva Kerr
Rev. Patrick MacDonald

2BE Belfast

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