This is my first solo album, born out of a conviction that singing to children is good for them and good for the singer on the one hand and a passion for seeing traditional songs being sung as they were intended on the other.
There are 14 songs on the album, in Gaelic, Scots and English. These are my own, personal choices and all songs that I sing at bedtime with my own children. There are, in fact, many other songs I could have included as lullabies from Scottish tradition, but these 14 appealed to me for all sorts of reasons - my favourites being the ones sung to me as I was growing up.
As I looked into it, I found more and more evidence that singing to and with children has a whole host of benefits, not least developmental benefits and used the www.kistodreams.org site to expand more on this.
To buy a copy of kist o dreams online from musicscotland.com, just click on the album cover above.
Customer Review on Amazon:
5 out of 5 stars - by Katharine Thomson
"Excellent selection of lullabies in Scots and Gaelic with sympathetic musical accompaniment. Would recommend this for all parents and lovers of lullabies."
Customer Reviews on musicScotland.com
"This is an excellent CD. We now give this CD to all new babies as a present and they all respond with delight.
We also make a copy available at our Self-catering unit and have our own copy."
"What an absolute delight.
Listening to these lullabies, I can imagine the rhythms of the lives of my quadruple-great grandad's relations, fishing out of Tobermory & Oban.
Bless them, & bless you, Christina!"
"lovely soft singing voice & lovely to listen to, especially for my grandson at bedtime"
"I am impressed. I bought the lullabies for my six month old twin grandsons in New Zealand. It provides a link to home and our culture."
Tracks on kist o dreams
1. Bidh Clann Ulaidh
2. Can ye Sew Cushions?
3. Crodh an Tailleir (The Tailor's Cattle)
4. Dean Bà Bà mo Leanabh (Sleep, my baby)
5. Dream Angus
6. Fairy Lullaby
7. Da Fetlar Lullaby
8. Gille Beag ò (Wee Boy, o)
9. Tàladh Thròndairnis (The Trotternish Lullaby)
10. Miner’s Lullaby
11. Minnie o Shirva’s Cradle Sang
12. Tàladh Choinnich Oig (Young MacKenzie's Lullaby)
13. Tàladh Chriosd (The Christ Child Lullaby)
14. The Benediction
Tracks on kist o dreams
1.Bidh Clann Ulaidh
2.Can ye Sew Cushions?
3.Crodh an Tailleir
4.Dean Bà Bà mo Leanabh
7.Da Fetlar Lullaby
8.Gille Beag ò
11.Minnie o Shirva’s Cradle Sang
12.Tàladh Choinnich Oig