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Ashley MacIsaac — Sleepy Maggie
Album: hi how are you today
Avg rating:
6.2

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Total ratings: 1910









Released: 1995
Length: 5:23
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Ciamar a ni mi dannsa direach
Ciamar a ni mi ruidhle bhoidheach
Ciamar a ni mi dannsa direach
Dh'Fhalbh am prionn aig bonn mo chota

Tha nid na circe-fraoiche
(The nest of the grouse)
'S a' mhuilinn dubh, 's a' mhuilinn dubh
(In the black mill, in the black mill)
Tha nid na circe-fraoiche
(The nest of the grouse)
'S a' mhuilinn dubh o shamhraidh
(Is in the black mill since the summer time)

Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuraman
(The black mill is moving around)
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuraman
(The black mill is moving around)
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuraman
(The black mill is moving around)
'S e togairt dol a dhannsa
(And we expect to go dancing)

'S iomadh rud saoil sibh
(There are many things you wouldn't expect)
'S a' mhuilinn dubh, 's a' mhuilinn dubh
(In the black mill, in the black mill)
'S iomadh rud saoil sibh
(There are many things you wouldn't expect)
'S a' mhuilinn dubh o shamhraidh
(Is in the black mill since the summer time)
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 jelgator wrote:
Not understanding the low rating, this song is great.

I guess y'all would rather listen to Radiohead.
 
God, yes.
 jelgator wrote:
Not understanding the low rating, this song is great.

I guess y'all would rather listen to Radiohead.
 
I love both because I'm open minded, and is why I listen to RP.
 jelgator wrote:
Not understanding the low rating, this song is great.

I guess y'all would rather listen to Radiohead.
 
Anything foreign and unusual some people are going to be hating. As soon as I hear something foreign and kind of wild I know its going to be slammed. And it always is. I love all that stuff though.
I love mouth music. Amazing stuff.
Thinking a lot about Nova Scotians these days. We tend to fool ourselves that  mass shootings only happen in the States.
translation please!
Not understanding the low rating, this song is great.

I guess y'all would rather listen to Radiohead.
Godawful then, just as bad now.
Good to hear Mary Jane Lamond on RP.  Ashley isn't too shabby on the fiddle either.
The cover art is interesting, so I googled "Approved C.B.D.A.".  Of course, it came back as  "Cannabidiolic acid" approval" organization, which I imagine wasn't yet created in 1995 when this was released.

Image reminds me of a crucifix, so I was expecting a Christian organization, but the "C" could stand for "Canadian", you know.

Little help, please?
 Imkirok wrote:
Ugh.  The cacophony is too much for me on this one.  PSD time.
 

I thought I was reading my own post...  
 zenhead wrote:
I saw him perform many years ago, solo, or part of some troupe, I don't remember. He was a brilliant elf, fiddling and clogging in big boots. Cool to hear what he's up to now, I love this kind of world fusion.
 
Not bad for a Bluenoser err Caper, eh?
Well durn it all, I just sat down. Sigh. 

Hip hippity, bop ititty bop. 

She sure does like to kick the flooey, and I guess I do too!
 peyotecoyote wrote:
I've said it before and I'll say it again...it aint your average squid jiggin' music.
 
After many years of spotty appearance (sic)
the squid can be jigged or even picked up off the shore of Newfoundland this year.
I like the violins and this very nice voice 😍
 Canadese wrote:

Nervous? afraid Rome is about to burn?
 
Rome is burning, tanks are rolling in DC...
Mary Jane Lamond is the vocalist. A Montrealer who relocated to Nova Scotia (Cape Breton) and embraced Gaelic folk songs. She deserves a co-credit here.
That was from 1995?  wow.  I still like it.
6 -> 8
The vocals are mesmerizing, even if you can't understand them. Something about the delivery.
"What do you do with a drunken sailor, early in the morning..." melody comes to mind.
 robin_at_domani wrote:

Fiddle is making me nervous..
Otherwise good song 
 
Nervous? afraid Rome is about to burn?
 khardog145 wrote:
Fiona Ritchie used to play this on Thistle and Shamrock, an NPR 1 hour long Celtic/Scottish/British Isles generally music program back in the 80's early 90's I think.  THANK YOU RP for playing this cool obscurity.{#Cheers}
 
That program is still running, depending on where your local NPR station is.
seriously irritating
Fiona Ritchie used to play this on Thistle and Shamrock, an NPR 1 hour long Celtic/Scottish/British Isles generally music program back in the 80's early 90's I think.  THANK YOU RP for playing this cool obscurity.{#Cheers}
 eveliko wrote:
The more I look at these lyrics, the less I can match them with what I'm hearing. Should ge back to sleep maybe.
 
I think I like the vocals and lyrics better without the translation.
The more I look at these lyrics, the less I can match them with what I'm hearing. Should ge back to sleep maybe.
The traditional music of the Canadian Maritimes and rock-and-roll had a baby.

Her name?

Sleepy Maggie.
I saw him perform many years ago, solo, or part of some troupe, I don't remember. He was a brilliant elf, fiddling and clogging in big boots. Cool to hear what he's up to now, I love this kind of world fusion.
Thanks for playing! I love this fusion of fiddle and pop-music.
Literally came to the website and then logged in just to see who this is. LOVE IT!
What is it with all the Irish jigs?


 DonnaDHicks wrote:
Really liking this. Love the fiddle.

 
Fiddle is making me nervous..
Otherwise good song 
Really liking this. Love the fiddle.
nice!
I've always loved this record. This song and several other tracks are the perfect pace for a long run on an elliptical trainer. Makes the workout much more pleasant. Besides that, I find this a haunting tune. Pricked up my ears the first time I heard it.{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana}
Thanks for reminding me of this awesome talent. I'll need to dig this CD out again. Thanks RP!
I love Ashley, he's a riot. This whole album is pretty interesting. 

But why does she like to kick the flooy anyway? Odd. 
Always loved this record.
I saw im live - 1997 at the Roskilde Festival!!! He played the violine so fast that more and more threads hang down at both sides of his bow. It was incredible and the audience ran wild!!
Ashley is from a proud Nova Scotia dynasty of fiddling.  His Uncle is the great Buddy McMaster and cousin to another great prodigy Natalie McMaster.  Check them out!
It made total sense to me - in English!

Why I keep tuning back into RP, for these many years now. Always something new popping up.

Keep 'em coming.
never heard of this guy and I see that this album went 2XPlatinum

but I ain't diggin' it 
this is an awesome album!
 mrselfdestruct wrote:
Hootin and a hootin and a hootin now a hootin now. 

 
I hope it tasted good.  {#Smile}
Love it; catchy and almost unpredictable...great groove
Brings back good memories.  Sorry haters but I like this.
 fredriley wrote:

The lyrics of this traditional song are at https://www.celticlyricscorner.net/compilations/sleepy.htm in the original Gaelic and an English translation. Like so many songs of this type which were originally sung communally, often by women working together, there's a lot of repetition, and the words are very rapidly elided so even learners of Gaelic, like myself, find it hard to pick them out in the song. She also sings the song in 'puirt-a-beul' style which is highly staccato and playful.

It's just sooooooo RP to play Gaelic songs. Mòran taing, RP! :)

 

 Try Quadriga Consort, highly listenable, methinks.


Bad in every way.
Please make this go away
Hootin and a hootin and a hootin now a hootin now. 
{#Boohoo}
 GeneP59 wrote:
I don't like this remix like I do the original version.

 
worth checking out {#Think}
thanks! {#Smile}
6.1?  Sorry, PSD here.
Bill, do you actually look at the number of PSD clicks per song? I bet it must be quite high on this one, or am I the only one whose nerves can't stand this?
I live just across the water from Cape Breton.  Can I suggest that if you're having trouble with this track that you probably aren't drinking hard enough.  
Any spin of this disc ought to include a mention of the talented and lovely Mary Jane Lamond on vocals.
I don't like this remix like I do the original version.
I have pure Celtic blood and this is pure hell until the hurdy-gurdy fiddle stops. Maybe because im not Scottish or Irish 
 ScottishWillie wrote:
Perhaps it's my Celtic blood but I find this colossally invigorating and feel the need to jump around like a loon every time I hear it!
 
Am not C{#Bananapiano}eltic and feel like jumping around!!    
In addition to the music, I've always liked the fact that on the cover art, they have the word "Hi" trademarked.
Perhaps it's my Celtic blood but I find this colossally invigorating and feel the need to jump around like a loon every time I hear it!
 bh1 wrote:
The reason nobody can figure out the lyrics is that they are sung in Scottish Gaelic.  Mary Jane Lamond, the vocalist is a well known performer with her own successful carreer. It was a very successful single in Canada. Lyric freak actually has the translated lyrics and they look like one big run-on sentence. Ashley is distantly related to White Stripes singer jack White. Who knew? Like it or not you can't deny the energy in the performance. 

 
The lyrics of this traditional song are at https://www.celticlyricscorner.net/compilations/sleepy.htm in the original Gaelic and an English translation. Like so many songs of this type which were originally sung communally, often by women working together, there's a lot of repetition, and the words are very rapidly elided so even learners of Gaelic, like myself, find it hard to pick them out in the song. She also sings the song in 'puirt-a-beul' style which is highly staccato and playful.

It's just sooooooo RP to play Gaelic songs. Mòran taing, RP! :)
Love this tune
Just needs some pipes to make it awesome.
I  love this song.
PSD.  Nothing to redeem this to my ears.
disgusting. PSD.
I don't care what the lyric are really. Would I like to know what is being sung, sure. I just like the song and always have. When they play it on the car radio I always crank it up. I love that fiddle.

{#Music} 
The reason nobody can figure out the lyrics is that they are sung in Scottish Gaelic.  Mary Jane Lamond, the vocalist is a well known performer with her own successful carreer. It was a very successful single in Canada. Lyric freak actually has the translated lyrics and they look like one big run-on sentence. Ashley is distantly related to White Stripes singer jack White. Who knew? Like it or not you can't deny the energy in the performance. 
So much hate for this infectious (go ahead - make your snarky comments) groove. Lllooovvvve it.
Yikes!  I pressed PSD but was not signed in!  I couldn't sign in fast enough to cure this.  That chant thing was going right up my spine.  I have no idea if the song is OK or what she was singing about.  I didn't need that annoying part.
Keep expecting to hear some pipes.

Maybe later or another song



This track was my gateway into his music. Obviously not to everyone’s taste but most certainly to mine!


 GTT wrote:
I'm not getting all the negative comments:  great groove and beat; strange sounds; fine fiddling; edgy-sounding dissonance; fun, incomprehensible lyrics and female singing voice ... what is there not to like?

 
Ya
Damn this is good 
I'm not getting all the negative comments:  great groove and beat; strange sounds; fine fiddling; edgy-sounding dissonance; fun, incomprehensible lyrics and female singing voice ... what is there not to like?
That boy is sawing some serious Celtic fiddle. Getting down to my roots, at least the Irish/Welsh ones, furshur. Nice!
This is utterly brilliant. 

You haters can go and take a short break while those of us with more refined taste have a bit of a jig around to this masterpiece :) 
I wish Ashley MacIsaac and Rocco DeLuca would have offspring. 
Photo: a running dog with steam coming off of it. CAption: "Run...like a scalded dog"

Scarred by the awfulness of this...noise. 
it's particularly annoying through headphones
Ugh.  The cacophony is too much for me on this one.  PSD time.
are u kidding me?
 
 contractor07 wrote:
No

 
Yes.  Absolutely yes.  
No
wow, blast from the past - always takes me back (to 1995 that is, since the date is not shown above) -- i owned this cd! alas this was the best track, imho
I hardly ever try to figure out lyrics.  I just like a feel good, toe dancing. Deep & rich mix in post brought out body and fullness.  Hmm, sounds like a great coffee...
 drewd wrote:
She's trying to tell me something.. I just know it .. But I'm not sure what ......
 
She told me what she's trying to tell you, but made me promise not to say. She wants to see if you can figure it out on your own. Good luck!
She's trying to tell me something.. I just know it .. But I'm not sure what ......
Was deep in thought and was pulled out by something really annoying in the background - this dibbedy dibberdy rubbish.
She sang so fast that she forgot to sing well.
annoying....
 zipper wrote:
 
Bump
Am I crazy, or is the singer off-key? {#Sorry}

(Based on these noises, she is off-kilter fa sho!!)  
Ditto. 

 
TJS wrote:
4>2
 


4>2
Ack. Next please.
Ugly cover art, kooky inaccessible music — I guess it's safe to say they're not sell outs.
India meets Scottland (my first association)
Say again love? No, missed it, say again? again? Yeah, didn't quite catch that? Again? Sorry, don't understand Hooble.
 iscoot4peace wrote:
Sounds like the Hobbit national Anthem.  Bow your heads everyone... while Frodo lights the torch.
 
I was thinking Ewok national anthem, but same difference.
 handyrae wrote:

Terrible? No. Not particularly good? Yes.
 
This is so much worse than "not particularly good".
Always have like Ashley, saw him years ago in a small club in Iowa of all places.  The energy he put into the show and fiddle playing was just amazing.
 ckcotton wrote:
Good GOD this IS TERRIBLE!
 
Terrible? No. Not particularly good? Yes.
I am not a hater, this is lameness. . . 
 bchartier wrote:
Haters will hate
This is an awesome
 

I'm not a hater. This is not awesome.
Good GOD this IS TERRIBLE!
I might be part Scottish.......My mother-in-laws-husband was born in Scotland, but he was a Canadien when he died.  Bless his soul.
Here's to Harry Speedie!  (i''m not making this up)
Haters will hate
This is an awesome
fredriley wrote:
...to my knowledge Nova Scotia was settled by Highland Scots kicked off their lands in the Highland Clearances (an early example of the obscene phrase 'ethnic cleansing')...
Not exclusively, but thanks for the notes on Scots in Nova Scotia. Guess the name gives a clue. Better known in the Southern US as the second homeland of the Acadian people. They left France due to famine, Nova Scotia due to British 'ethnic cleansing' (and some loyalty-to-the-Crown issues) and nearly left south Louisiana (in the sense of heritage) via the US Government English-only policy imposed in schools after draft efforts in WWI failed due to language and cultural communication issues.

The culture is thriving today, thank goodness, and great music continues to be made because of it. https://www.acadian-cajun.com/hisacad1.htm


Just catchy enough to be truly annoying... impressive. And torture.
This song rates just underneath "Who Let The Dogs Out?" on my list of All-Time Most Annoying Songs.
Had given it a 2 rating.  I've reconsidered... this pile of equine excrement deserves that number which is so rarely awarded by me... one.
 Stingray wrote:
THIS SONG IS ANOTHER PROOF THAT

"MULTI-CULTI" IS BULLSHIT!!!
I beg to differ.

 bobcat1963 wrote:
wat een idioot kabouter plop dansje ;-(

kabouter plop
 
Deze CD heeft Bill zeker gratis meegekregen van het Kruidvat.
 fredriley wrote:

I certainly don't want to be contradicting a native Canadian, but to my knowledge Nova Scotia was settled by Highland Scots kicked off their lands in the Highland Clearances (an early example of the obscene phrase 'ethnic cleansing'). I've seen monuments to the clearances in various villages which refer to ships sailing to the East US and Canada, including NS. I certainly wouldn't want to say that most of NW Canada is of Highland origin, because as you point out there are other provinces other than NS, but unless my info and reading is way off NS and Cape Breton are of Highland origin, and indeed Gaelic is being actively spoken and taught up there.

 
I think the correction is to your mention of NW Canada - that would be British Columbia. I think you mean eastern Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, etc.)


 westslope wrote:

Correction:   Parts of South EAST Canada is populated by a Highland diaspora......  In the local dialect, Atlantic Canada includes the Maritimes provinces New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI) as well as the province of Newfoundland and Labrador which joined Canadian confederation in 1949

 
I certainly don't want to be contradicting a native Canadian, but to my knowledge Nova Scotia was settled by Highland Scots kicked off their lands in the Highland Clearances (an early example of the obscene phrase 'ethnic cleansing'). I've seen monuments to the clearances in various villages which refer to ships sailing to the East US and Canada, including NS. I certainly wouldn't want to say that most of NW Canada is of Highland origin, because as you point out there are other provinces other than NS, but unless my info and reading is way off NS and Cape Breton are of Highland origin, and indeed Gaelic is being actively spoken and taught up there. I know of one teacher (Finlay Macleod, or Fionnlagh MacLeòid in the Gaelic) who gets a lot of business for his patented "Total Immersion Programme" up there. And, as I wrote, I was actually taught intermediate Gaelic last summer at the Gaelic college in Skye (the best place ever to study, absolutely stunning location) by a Nova Scotian.  It's awful strange hearing the Scots Gaelic in a Canadian accent...


First time I heard of this guy, he was opening for the Bare Naked Ladies.  He blew them away.

He also does a killer cover of "Stayin' Alive"
 bobcat1963 wrote:
wat een idioot kabouter plop dansje ;-(

kabouter plop
 

HOLLAND - I AGREE!

YOU ARE AMONG THE PROOF THAT "MULTI-CULTI" DOES NOT WORK!

TOGETHER WITH ASHLEY MAC "INDIA" ISAAC
THIS SONG IS ANOTHER PROOF THAT

"MULTI-CULTI" IS BULLSHIT!!!