Home Recording Experiments

by Gemma Khawaja

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Home recording experiments- mainly just Me, Guitar + a zoom recorder! Not recorded as separate vocal/instr tracks, not mixed, no line out from amp, lots of ambient noise interference. Loop pedal and other instruments may be used in some tracks. Planning to add a couple of songs every now and then to this album.

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released March 28, 2013

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Gemma Khawaja Cromer, UK

I am a singer/guitarist from the Midlands (now based in Norfolk) performing traditional songs of the British Isles & creating songs inspired by folkloric customs, folk poesy & poetry.
I enjoy stories & themes found in traditional songs & ballads. I love the richness & beauty of the melodies and the journey each song takes you on.
I am the 2013 winner of Islington Folk Club's Trad2Mad competition.
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Track Name: Ca' The Yowes
Chorus
Ca' the yowes to the knowes,
Ca' them where the heather grows,
Ca' them where the burnie rowes,
My bonnie dearie.

Hark, the mavis e'ening sang
Sounding Clouden's woods amang
Then a-faulding let us gang.
My bonnie dearie.

Chorus

We'll gae down by Clouden side,
Thro the hazels, spreading wide
O'er the waves that sweetly glide
To the moon sae clearly.

Chorus

Yonder Clouden's silent towers
Where, at moonshine's midnight hours,
O'er the dewy bending flowers
Fairies dance sae cheery.

Chorus

Fair and lovely as thou art,
Thou hast stole my very heart;
I can die—but cannot part,
My bonnie dearie.

Chorus

Ghost nor bogle shalt thou fear
Thou'rt to Love and Heav'n sae dear
Nocht of ill may come thee near,
My bonnie dearie.

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Meaning of unusual words:
yowes=ewes
knowes=knolls, hills
burnie=small stream
rowes=rolls along
mavis=song thrush
a-faulding=put in a sheep fold
bogle=demon