i get riled at ewan macoll. he was a lowlander, not a gael. (they call us scotts gaels highlanders but fyi we din't call ourselves that. we called ourselves gaelic--sometimes spelt gaidhlig.
lowlanders have almost nothing culturally to do with the gaidhlig people and they sold us out at thew frist opportunity. which is why we are mostly in nova scotia now.
mccoll was part of the lallans movement. they adopted wholesale many items of gaidhlig cylture to appear more "scottish". the last stage of british imperialism. we can take your culture too!!!
i like many of his songs and many of the causes he supported but to title it all with such blatant cultural appropriation is disgusting and the arrogance of lowanders and english. they use gaelic traditions all the time to "enhance their cred" and are unconscious to the ignorance and irony. i see it in the pagan world, the folk world and the historical recreation world.
and at the troubador club dcades ago i was told bya lowlander that i wasn\t scottish and shouldn't sing in gaelic--he did because although he couldn't speak a word he memorized a song chorus. at the vancouver folk cong society i was told gaelic wasn't canadian by one leader, and that i wasn't scottish by another. here on muscat jim ladd made fun of my handle (itsgaidhlig) while claiming to have lived in cape breton and steeped hinself in celtic culture. mccolls ideas about singing from your own tradition were so twisted and contradictory to start that they spawned a monster.people picked up these ideas without thinking them through and become more bigoted against real ethnic groups when doing so. proving my belief--long in coalessing--that the middle class anglos will recreate their bigotry and ignorance every generation.they canfind a new politically correct way to get you every generation.
i have nothing against show biz. its show biz, but when you are stealing other people culture try not to lecture or posture as holy