Holy Island local singer-songwriter Anna Raine in her music seeks to capture and embody “something of the rhythm of the tides, the sounds of the Island and also its stillness”.
She has two CDs out, available to purchase directly on her page.
Anna’s first solo album, which you can experience in the excerpts video below.
“I’ve included some of my ‘signature’ pieces but also written songs of my own. Some of you will recognise familiar words from the Complines in ‘Celtic Daily Prayer’ drawn from Carmina Gadelica and other traditional sources. Here they are set to my own music, which has emerged over the early years of saying and singing these night-time prayers with Joel and Martha.”
- Shadow of a Believer [Ged Lowery/Anna Raine]
- Rune of Protection [Carmina Gadelica/Anna Raine]
- Strengthening [Carmina Gadelica/Anna Raine]
- Both Sides the Tweed [Trad. arr. Dick Gaughan]
- This Night [Carmina Gadelica/Anna Raine]
- Thin Place [Alistair Maclean/Anna Raine]
- Ancient Paths [Anna Raine]
- Shabbat Welcome [Anna Raine]
- By Day [Psalm 42:8/Anna + Andy Raine]
- The Gleaner [Anna Raine]
- Here am I [Janice M. Savoie]
- Peace of all Peace [Trad./Anna Raine]
- I Will Lie Down [Carmina Gadelica/Anna Raine]
- Holy Island [Andy Raine]
[spoken by Ralph Wilson]
We Face into the Wind
Anna’s latest album is ‘We Face into the Wind’.
There is a prevailing westerly wind on the Island that visitors often remember, and people from anywhere would identify with the feelings the title provokes. We’re all facing our different but often quite difficult challenges. The songs capture what this land has witnessed and held, and the paths here have been well-trodden, not just by the saints of olden days, but by all the women and men who’ve lived here, and loved, and experienced life here on the Island. Other songs from nearby places are also part of the appreciating and memory of the land, the Northumberland its people here called home. The music has local texture and a sense of timelessness.
This album seems to breathe Holy Island with its strong winds and sudden stillness. The beauty of Northumberland, its traditional tunes, reflections of Island saints, stories of women and new love songs, Anna’s clear voice threads through them all and weaves together this collection of songs of struggle and the sense of belonging. Includes a 12-page lyrics booklet.
- Cool of the Night
- Waters of Tyne
- Felton Lonnen
- Aidan’s Song
- Cuddy’s call for Lindisfarne
- Cheviot Hills
- Rigging and Bell
- Bonny at Morn
- Night watching
- Woman of the Ages
- Hard Times
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