Choral Celtic Winds SSA with flute and piano | 3.7 min | Listen Commissioned by Seattle Children’s Chorus for their 20th Anniversary Concert in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, this dramatic arrangement of The Skye Boat Song and The Wind that Shakes the Barley expresses a fervent Celtic longing for freedom, depicting great courage in the face of oppression. Loud the winds howl! Loud the waves roar! Thunderclouds rend the air! Baffled our foes, stand on the shore, Follow, they will not dare! Speed, bonny boat, like a bird on the wing, “On-ward” the sailors cry! Carry the lad that’s born to be king Over the sea to Skye. Though the waves leap, Soft shall ye sleep, Ocean’s a royal bed. Rocked in the deep, we shall all keep watch by your weary head. The beloved Skye Boat Song tells of the romantic figure Bonnie Prince Charlie, disguised as a serving maid, escaping in a small boat to the Isle of Skye after the defeat of his Jacobite (Scottish and Irish) uprising in 1745. The Wind that Shakes the Barley, an old Irish rebel song from the 1798 rebellion, tells a more tragic tale. A young man meets with his true love amid the barley, and while agonizing over leaving her for love of his country, a foe’s bullet ends her life, thus deciding his fate– he must fight. The integrating musical motif which unites the songs is the sweeping motion of the wind in the barley, and the wind on the sea, depicted in the sound of the voices and in the flute, played by Maya Lewis. This setting is derived from the original arrangement for two flutes, recorded on the CD, Along with My Love I’ll Go.