Scottish Culture

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  • Puirt a Beul (mouth music)

    Puirt a beul, literally "tunes from a mouth" is a traditional form of song native to Scotland; Ireland; and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The Scottish Gaelic for such a tune is port a beul: "a tune from a mouth—specifically a cheerful tune—which in the plural becomes puirt à beul".

    Usually, the genre involves a single performer singing lighthearted, often bawdy lyrics, although these are sometimes replaced with meaningless vocables.

    In puirt a beul, the rhythm and sound of the song often have more importance than the depth or even sense of the lyrics. Puirt a beul in this way resembles other song forms like scat singing. Normally, puirt are sung to a 4/4 or 6/8 beat. Performances today may highlight the vocal dexterity by one or two singers, although four-person performances are sometimes made at mods.

  • Folk music

    Scottish Folk music has a long history of tradition and variety, which, despite many threats to traditional Scottish culture, has remained relatively unchanged since the 15th century at least. From ballads and laments to optimistic dances to haunting traditional music which varies by region, Scottish Folk music is one of the most varied forms of Folk music in the world. Appreciated by the entire world, the bagpipes are a vital part of this tradition, and their popularity will help ensure that they traditions of the old Scottish Folk music will not die.

  • Robert Burns

    Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature.

  • Sir Walter Scott

    This category contains references, in full text, made by Sir Walter Scott to Clan MacLaren in his various books. I haven't read all of Sir Walter Scott's books yet, so the list my not be complete. If one is missed, please leave a comment identifying where it may be located and I'll track it down.