Father Sydney MacEwan Sings Songs of the Gael: A lovely selection of songs performed by Sydney MacEwan, with Hubert Greenslade at the piano. Sydney MacEwan was a Scottish tenor and singer of traditional Scottish and Irish songs. Born in 1908 in Glasgow of an Irish mother and Scots father. His beautiful singing voice came to the notice of the then Rector of Glasgow University Compton MacKenzie, who encouraged him to think seriously about a musical career . After studying at the Royal Academy in London he went on to have a career as a recording artiste and recitalist both at home and abroad. He bravely gave up his career to enter the priesthood and was ordained in 1944. On the day of his ordination Radio Eireann and the Australian Broadcasting Commission broadcast special programmes in his honour. But that wasn't the end, his church superiors gave him permission to continue his singing career and his church in Lochgilphead benefitted financially. "Father Sydney MacEwan Sings Songs of the Gael" was first recorded in the 1950s so this CD is a chance to hear again his wonderful tenor voice with piano accompaniment from Hubert Greenslade on a selection lovely songs including Down By the Sally Gardens, The Peat Fire Flame, A Tiree Love Song, The Uist Tramping Song and Turn ye to Me.
This CD has been produced from a record made over fifty years ago. There may be a few slight imperfections associated with the age of the original material, but we have tried to make the sound quality of the CD as clear and crisp as possible. We hope that you will agree with us that the quality of the music still shines through.