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The Tall Islands

by Salsa Celtica

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Crathadh d'aodaich a ghaoil - With sails unfurled, my love Thig thu'n taobh-sa mu Shamhainn - You will come this way about Halloween Bailalo con sabor , gozalo! Dance with style, enjoy!
Nighean rudh' bhan bh'aig Dòmhnall Ruadh Pìobair - The auburn-haired daughter of Red Donald the Piper Rachadh i bhall nam faigheadh i fìdhleir - Would go to a ball if she could find a fiddler. "Oh Elegua, Obatala" in praise of the Orishas or Gods from the Afrircan/Caribbean Yorùbá and Santería faiths. Elegua is associated with the opening of ways or crossroads and Obatala the creator of bodies and the essence of clarity.
Disfrútalo 04:45
Si el espiritu te llama - If the spirit calls you Dejate llevar - Let yourself be carried Disfrutalo - Enjoy it Disfrutalo Mi amor - enjoy it my love Ahora….. Ahora - now... now
Hoy canto esta melodía - Today singing this melody Se inspira mi corazón - My heart is inspired Es para ti mi guajira - It's for you my guajira Que yo escribo esta canción - I write this song Que yo escribo esta canción - I write this song   Eres linda, eres hermosa - You're beautiful, you're beautiful Se te puede comparar - You can be compared to Con el sol y las palmeras guajira - the Sun and palm trees, guajira Mi amor te voy a entregar - I will give you my love Mi amor te voy a entregar - I will give you my love Coro Ven guajira ven, a mi bohío - Come guajira come - to my bohio Ven guajira ven - Come guajira come
Fonn 02:38
'S aotrom a ghearradh tu leum - Lightly would you leap
Primavera  03:31
En el frío del invierno -  In cold of the winter  Cuando mi alma se congelo  - When my soul froze Donde no había fuego   -  Where there was no fire Donde no había luz  -   Where there was no light  Viniste con pasión ardiente  - You came with ardent passion  Y yo te deje partir  -   But I let you go  Prometo volver a buscarte - I promise to return to look for you Y así la primavera vivir - And that way we shall live spring  Coros  Dame tus manos - Give me your hands Y bailaremos mi amor - And we shall dance, my love Con nuestros cuerpos - And we’ll let our bodies Compartiremos sudor - Share the sweat of the dance Dame tus manos - Give me your hands Y no te dejare ir  - I won’t let you go Y"asi" podremos - And that way we shall La primavera vivir - Live Spring
Canto para el Tiempo
Héman dubh 's truagh nach tigeadh - it's a pity that this doesn't come Héman dubh Siud gam iarraidh - to fetch me Héman dubh Gille 's litir - a messenger and a letter Hì ri oro Each is diallaid - a horse and a saddle Héman dubh hi ri oro hó ró o hù ó
El ritmo del mar The rhythm of the sea Susurra para ti Whispers to you Escucha el mar Listen to the sea Cantar la verdad She sings the truth
Rolling Road 03:32
Canto para el "tiempo" I sing for time El tiempo que nos lleva Time that carries us Desde su manantial Like a river from the source Nos llevas al mar From the source to the sea
Yo Me Voy II 03:52


Hello.  We are proud to the present The Tall Islands, our 5th studio album. To write and rehearse the new material we played a short tour of the Scottish islands, including gigs on Skye, Mull and Lewis.

Right at the end of the tour a gig came in headlining the salsa carnival in Gran Canaria. Going from the cold waters and small village halls of Scotland to a huge open air gig in the Canaries somehow seemed to tie up the tour and reflect who we are as a band.

The time spent together, on the road and water, the places we visited and people we met seems to have resulted in a "rootsier" more folkloric sounding album. Part of this more folkloric sound is that for the first time we have worked on 4 new tracks developed from traditional Scottish Gaelic material, we are very pleased with the way they and all the tracks worked out.
It's been a long wait but we think it's been worth it, we hope you enjoy it!


released February 17, 2014

Ricardo Fernandez Pompa - lead vocals, congas, coro
Ross Ainsley - whistles, pipes, cittern
Toby Shippey - percussion, coro, guitar, muted trumpet
Éamonn Coyne - tenor banjo, tenor guitar
Megan Henderson - violin, lead vocals
Simon Gall - piano, coro
Eric Alfonso - timbale
Javier Fioramonti - bass, coro
Phil O'Malley - trombone
Sue McKenzie - saxophones
Shanti Jayasinha - trumpet
Steve Kettley - saxophone track 11
Kathleen MacInnes - guest lead vocals
David Pattman - guest percussion
Jarlath Henderson - guest uilleann pipes
Leonel Viera Lopez - guest coro
Phil Alexander - hammond organ

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Calum Malcolm
Engineered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios

Thanks to;
Gordon Webber, Stuart Hamilton, Calum Malcolm, 16K, John Stout, Julie Fowlis, Joe Peat, Gustavo Pardo, Ana Cabrera, Doug Hudson, Alison Smith, Elaine Craig, Phil Alexander, Monachil, Chris Greive, Doug Hudson, Ali Reid, Galo Ceron Carrasco, Lukasz Gasiorowski, Lubie Jovanovic, Doug Hudson, Sally Reeves, Simon Hodge, Alex Urquhart-Taylor, all of the UK music crew we know, the worldwide salsa crew DJ's and dancers, and all the festivals we have been luck enough to perform at. Sorry to anyone we have missed out, you know you are the most special.

Photographs by Archie MacFarlane

Design by 16k Design Works
Booklet design Lukasz Gasiorowski


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Salsa Celtica Scotland, UK

Salsa Celtica's synthesis of Afro Latin Salsa with Scottish and Irish traditional music has taken them and their music all over the world from the village halls of Scotland to some of the most important music festivals around the globe.

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