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Sileas

This duo of clarsach players originally featured in the group of seven Edinburgh-based musicians which was formed in 1982 for a special festival (Women Live in Scotland), named Sprangeen. Sprangeen stayed together for about two years and recorded their only record for Springthyme.

Mary MacMaster and Patsy Seddon had learned Gaelic in Edinburgh, and learned songs from Morag Macleod of the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University. They became Sileas (pronounced shee-lis) in 1985, and released their first album, "Delighted With Harps" in 1987. Sileas na Ceapaich was an 18th century Gaelic poet whose praise of harp music inspired the name of the act.

Alongside Sileas, Mary and Patsy teamed up with two others to form The Poozies. Mary has also been in a trio, Shine, with Corrina Hewat and Alyth McCormick.

Any other information would be gratefully received (email me).

 

Records:

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Sprangeen: Sprangeen (Springthyme SPR 1013, 1984)

Side One: Sally Hunter (Nath Gow)/Off She Goes/Lads of Dunse; Miss Sine Flemington (Alan Bruford)/The Ale Is Dear; In Dispraise of Whisky/The Favourite Dram; Alasdair MacColla; O'Carolan's Draught (Turlough O'Carolan); Gypsey's Warning/Flora MacDonald/Sweet Molly
Side Two: Miss Shepherd (Skinner)/Jenny Nettles/Mrs Macleod of Raasay; Braes of Strathblane/Sgian Dubh/Hills of Glenorchy; Lovely Molly; Braigh Loch Iall/Miss Lyall/Loch Leven Castle; Ciamar a Ni Mi An Dannsa Direach/Paddy's Leather Breeches/Atholl Highlanders

All tracks traditional except where indicated

Kathleen King (double bass, fiddle); Marta McGlynn (concertina); Mary MacMaster (clarsach, whistle, temple bells, vocals); Rosa Michaelson (fiddle, triangle, duck-call); Val Peek (fiddle); Patsy Seddon (clarsach, fiddle, vocals); Ann Ward (concertina, flute)


Delighted With Harps

Sileas: Delighted With Harps (Lapwing Records LAP113, 1986)

Side One: The North Brig o' Edinburgh/The Brig o' Perth; Cadal Chan Fhaigh Mi; Millbrae (Ronnie Cooper)/The Spey In Spate; Eppie Morrie; The Chanters Tune/Marry Me Now
Side Two: Da Day Dawn; The Little Cascade (GS Maclennan); Tha Mulad; 'S Coltach Mi Ri Craobh Gun Duilleag; John Anderson My Jo; The Judges Dilemma/The Inverness Gathering

All tracks traditional unless otherwise noted.

Mary Macmaster (metal-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals), Patsy Seddon (gut-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals)


Beating Harps

Sileas: Beating Harps (Green Linnet Records SIF 1089, 1987)

Side One: The Glasgow Police Pipe Band (Donald Macleod)/Lexie MacAskill (John MacAskill); An Fhideag Airgid/Prince Charlie; Oh Wee White Rose of Scotland (Susanne Ferguson); The Cameron Highlanders (Skinner)/Donald Willie and his Dog (Donald Morrison)/Dancing Feet (GS MacLennan);
Side Two: Mouth Music; Traigh gruineart/The Devil In the Kitchen/The Sprightly Minnikin; Ca' the Yowes (Burns); Domhnall Dubh/The Dogs (Jim Sutherland)/ Miss Spence; beating Harps (PM Seddon)

All tracks traditional unless otherwise noted.

Mary Macmaster (metal-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals), Patsy Seddon (gut-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals)


Beating Harpbreakers

Sileas: Harpbreakers (Lapwing Records LAP 127, 1990)

Side One: The Drunken Piper/The Seagull (Donald Macleod); Margaret's Waltz (Pat Shuldham Shaw/The Dark Island (McLachlan); Kate Dalrymple/John MacNeill's Reel (Peter Milne); Voices (Holly Near); Leannan a bh'agam/'Sann an Ile/The Pinch of Snuff
Side Two: The Dusty Windowsill (J Harlan); Willie's Fair and Rare; Dancing the Baby/Dolina Mackay (J Scott); Mile marbhaisg air a' ghaol; Captain O'Kane (T O'Carolan)

All tracks traditional unless otherwise noted.

Mary Macmaster (metal-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals), Patsy Seddon (gut-strung harp, electro-harp, vocals)