Monday, June 02, 2008

What's On The iPod? - Runrig

Wow, how did I not know of Runrig? They are not well known in the U.S. I suppose, but I am a bit of a follower of the British Isles. Somehow I've just never encountered them, but I happily discovered them recently.

Christine had the British/PBS series Cranford on the DVR, and we started watching it this weekend. It's a great, funny and poignant adaptation of the novels of Elizabeth Gaskell. I didn't think I'd like it, but it's engaging in a quiet sort-of-sneaks-up-on-you way.

In the course of the story a couple of characters sing Loch Lomand, a tune of which I'm a fan on a historical level since I like folk songs of all stripes.

The different renditions always intrigue me. A number of years ago they had a choir boy singing it in Cracker in an entirely different way.

So anyway, they sang it in Cranford prompting me to check You Tube for renditions, and behold I found Runrig performing their rendition for the Scotland Children in Need telethon last November.

It features the band's fairly new lead singer Bruce Guthro, and I was ready to plop down my 99 cents for the pod when it was finished.


Charles Gramlich said...

I bet Lana will like this. She enjoys the Irish/Gaelic tunes. It actually sounds pretty good even to me, and I'm about as far from the Irish as you can get.

Steve Malley said...

Cracking good fun!!

Stewart Sternberg said...

This is the sort of music that inspired the brewing of beer. You know, when I listen to bluegrass, I am always astonished by how much Irish influence I can hear.

And by the way, here's to Pete Seeger.

Danny Tagalog said...

The vidoe is taken from BBC Children In Need and is a pretty good snapshot of how they are regarded in Scotland. If you've just got into them, there's an extensive back catalogue to delve into.

Miladysa said...

They're a great band :-D

The fictional 'Cranford' is Knutsford in Cheshire. I know it well and very little has changed since the books were written! lol ;-D

Jane said...

Just wonderful - nice to see another Runrig fan on here! (I have their music on both my blogs!)
Best wishes to you from Wales,

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