Peia – Ciamara ní Mi Live Performance

Here’s a new video featuring our dear friend Peia, shot live in the Siskiyou mountains of Oregon. Peia will be bringing her songs and stories to New York next month for Changing Tides, a fundraiser for our underwater relatives and the Salish Sea. We are thrilled to partner with The Heart & Mind Festival, Golden Drum, and the Sacred Arts Research Foundation for this all day event on Saturday, December 15th at Daya Yoga Studio in Brooklyn. The festival features Maestro Manuel Rufino, Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk, Theresa Bear Fox, Dr Kurt Russo, Peia Luzzi, DJ Nickedemus Geraldine Patrick Encina, and Dream Seed.

About “Ciamara ní Mi”:

‘Wandering a path newly carved into the Western slope of the Sisikiyou mountains, we walked through sleet, hail, and rain to an old oak standing solitary on the hillside. Intermittent sun broke through as sheets of mist whisked across the landscape. Here we caught a hallowed hour to record Ciamara ní mi (also known as Bòg An Lochan). This raucous medley was passed to me by legendary Cape Breton singer Mary Jane Lamond and is sung in Scott’s Gaelic. This style of song is known as “Puirt à beul” or “mouth music” which dates back to a time when musical instruments were unavailable and some say music was forbidden or frowned upon. So in lieu of bagpipes or fiddles, the singer performs lighthearted lyrics and sometimes vocables to replicate the rhythm of a dance tune. The words of this tune say “How can I make a tidy dance, how can I dance a bony reel? The pin has fallen out of my dress and set my dance astray!” And the second tune says: “oh my big bonny lad, Oh my big strong sheepherder.” These are two different dance forms, a Strathspey and a Reel and traditionally would be played faster and faster until all of the musicians and dancers themselves fall over from exhaustion and delight.

I am looking forward to sharing more songs and legends from my ancestors in Ireland and Scotland next month at Changing Tides, and am digging up some old Selkie songs to call the spirit of the sea.”

– Peia