They’re not strictly worksongs, but they’re helping me get through some writing work I have to do at odd hours.
Julie Fowlis: My Love is On The High Seas
This song’s gorgeous, alongside the sweet & idealised musical scenario framed by the video. The lyrics too are remarkable, and if you don’t speak Scottish gaelic, read the translation to the end to get a sense of the moving lyrical turnaround she talks about in the intro: the subject of the song becomes the singer: reminds me of a certain Waterboys tune I can only find dreadful slideshows of on Youtube.
Steve Cooney: Fairy Mounds
I don’t know how I came across this but it’s lovely. He’s Australian, though a longtime resident of Ireland.
The Gloaming: Sailor’s Bonnett
This is kind of a supergroup & the sounds very (too?) clean, but it’s great. Vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird doesn’t feature in this one.
The May Morning Dew: The Chieftans (Kevin Conneff)
I’ve loved this tune since I found it on a CD in a share house, there’s a dark humour to the song itself that leavens its despair.
Kris Drever: Farewell to Fuineray
I can’t find the studio version of this on youtube, but it’s a great old tune.