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An Uair am Feill

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Hey everyone! This is my submission for Represent a Country 2012. As you can guess by the flag on the CD icon, I'm representing the United Kingdom. The title, "An Uair am Feill", is Scottish Gaelic for "the hour of the festival".

The piece derives its inspiration largely from ceilidh music. A ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is a Scots or Irish dance gathering. Since all the ceilidhs I've been to so far are Scottish, I'm drawing heavy influence from those. Although most ceilidh music tends to stick between 90-100 BPM, there is a particular dance called Strip the Willow, the music for which could go up to 140 BPM. Ceilidhs are, by their nature, festive, and always there is a cause for celebration.

The intro and ending bagpipes are reminiscent of what you'd hear in Scottish Highland dance. The one I was referencing in particular was the sword dance -- two swords are crossed on the floor to form a quadrant, and the person dances within the quadrant.


On the Scottish Highland dance referenced in this song:
http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=maqVKQqO9zo
http://en.wikipedia.org/w iki/Scottish_sword_dances

On the ceilidh
http://en.wikipedia.org/w iki/Ceilidh
http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=bcI8UIJBP5o (Strip the Willow, one of the fastest and most physically demanding ceilidh dances)

Full string backing (1st and 2nd violins, violas, celli and basses), solo violin, Celtic harp, piano (hints only), fretless bass, acoustic guitar, flute, ocarina, English horn, bassoon, bagpipes, percussions (triangle, drums, cymbals, sparklies-- I mean, chimes).

Phew. That's a long list 'innit?

EDIT 29.09.2012: The final results for RAC 7 are out, and this piece landed 4th place with 198 points. Thanks to all who listened, commented and voted!


I could hear elements from both Ireland and England in this. Really great work in blending the different styles.

Troisnyx responds:

Thanks! ^_^

Someone did actually notice that my piece was very strongly Scottish despite it representing the whole of the UK. To which I replied, if England can do something well, it can assimilate cultures.

And then what appeared was a transmission, which I would like to apply here -- "We are the Empire. Prepare to be assimilated. End transmission."

You know you did a smart catch by choosing UK. Includes Ireland :) And waat can i say.. it's amazing :) Good luck! 4/5

Troisnyx responds:

Thank you!

Excellent melodies. You are just crazily talented lady.

Troisnyx responds:

Eeh. Thanks ^_^

It is a very well written song with a really strong Scottish/Irish feeling, it is not boring to listen to as it diversifies a few times and has a really well thought mixing with everything in its right place, very good indeed, you will probably be in my Top 5.

Troisnyx responds:

I thank you! <3 I've done my best for this song; now I only need to wait and see what happens.

Wow. Beautiful. So upbeat and happy, I'm almost dancing to this myself right now. Good luck with the competition!

Troisnyx responds:

Thank you! ^_^

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Credits & Info


4.18 / 5.00

Sep 7, 2012
8:56 PM EDT
File Info
3.9 MB
3 min 27 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.