Episode 3 Transatlantic Sessions


Episode 3

Folk musicians unite in what have been called 'the greatest backporch shows ever'. Paul Brady hooks up with Eddi Reader and Karen Matheson in a performance of his song, Rainbow.


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TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC PLAYS

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Welcome to the Transatlantic Sessions - the best of Nashville, Ireland and Scotland.

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A Highland location all to ourselves. It's been called the greatest backporch show ever.

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And that's what we're here for.

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Y'know, there's this thing where everybody comes but their ego is,

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-like, checked at the door.

-Yeah.

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Put it on a little hook,

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and when you leave, you can decide whether to take it with you,

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or leave it there.

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This is my first visit to the Highlands here and it's every bit as magical as I've heard.

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You have this atmosphere around you of this kind of mysterious, beautiful place,

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and I think it gives that extra element of depth to the music, y'know?

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# On a pitch-black highway

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# Looking for a road

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# Sleeping on a stormy bed, honey Who will be your coat

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# You came to be my driving wheel

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# You came to be my man

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# Now you're rolling like a baby boy In the back seat of a van

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# Holy waters, holy way

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# Holy waters, sweet as fate

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# Mississippi and Missouri Where the sun swims with the moon

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# Rainbows run through chapel rooms Pourin' honey by the spoon

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# I came to bring you watermelon Bring you scented wine

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# Now I'm burnin' up in hot breath

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# And the river's rollin' out of time

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# Holy waters, holy way

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# Holy waters, sweetest way

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# I listen to a seashell Out on a purple shore

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# I heard a song so wild and sweet It moved me to the core

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# So while the road is dancing You let your love know how

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# Move it like the ocean And the waves from here to now

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# Holy waters, holy way

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# Holy waters, sweetest way

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# Holy waters, holy way

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# Holy waters, sweetest way

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A CAPPELLA: # Holy waters, holy way

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# Holy waters, sweetest way

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# Holy waters, holy way

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# Holy waters

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# Sweetest...

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# way. #

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I've always had that ear across the Atlantic, so to speak,

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to, erm, the bluegrass and old time music. The Americans have a lovely -

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especially the old time players -

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they've just got a great groove in the music

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and I suppose you get it through experience.

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And for us to sit down and spend hours with them,

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is really important, and just to get it in the pocket, as they say.

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# As time draws near, my deariest dear

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# When you and I must part

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# But little you know Of the griefs and all

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# Of my poor aching heart

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# Each night I suffer for your sake You're the girl I love so dear

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# I wish that I was going with you Or you was staying here

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# The blackest crow that ever flew Will surely turn to white

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# If ever I prove false to you Bright day be turned to night

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# Bright day be turned to night My love, the elements will mourn

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# If ever I prove false to you The seas will rage and burn.

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# And when you're on some distant shore

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# Think of your absent friend

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# And when the wind blows high and clear

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# A light to me present

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# And when the wind blows high and clear

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# Then send your love to me

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# That I might know By your handwrite

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# How time has gone with thee. #

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HE SINGS A FEW NOTES

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You almost telegraph the stuff!

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Everybody arranges things in different ways and has a different dynamic...

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HE SCATS

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It just takes a little while to jump on board another person's trip, y'know?

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# Ooh, la, la, la, la

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# Yeah-yeah

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# It's like I see you For the very first time

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# There's something's happening In this mixed-up heart of mine

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# Used to be I'd look at you

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# The only colour I could see Was blue on blue

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# But heaven lent a helping hand

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# Now each day I watch you open like a fan

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# Shades I never knew were part of you

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# Now they're all around me I can't take my eyes off you

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-# Rainbow

-Ooh, la, la

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-# You are like a rainbow

-Ooh, la, la

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-# I can feel my love grow

-Ooh, la, la

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# Underneath your rainbow

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-# Blue heart

-Ooh, la, la

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-# Time to make a new start

-Ooh, la, la

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-# I'm about to overflow

-Ooh, la, la

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# Underneath your rainbow

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# La, la, la, la

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# Ooh, la, la, la >

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# Ooh, la, la

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# Ooh, la, la

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# I've been living with a worried mind

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# One the little people wouldn't ever find

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# The magic I've been used to

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# Been all over No place left to go

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# Now I know why love is best

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# Can see the magic needs A little time to rest

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# Heaven opened up my eyes

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# And each day I look at you Brings a new surprise

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-# Rainbow

-Ooh, la, la

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-# You are like a rainbow

-Ooh, la, la

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-# I can feel my love grow

-Ooh, la, la

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# Underneath your rainbow

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-# Blue heart

-Ooh, la, la

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-# Time to make a new start

-Ooh, la, la

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-# I'm about to overflow

-Ooh, la, la

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# Now I see your rainbow

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# Ha, ha, ha, ha

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# Ay, ay, ay, ay

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# Ooh, la, la, la... #

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Gimme, gimme, gimme!

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# Ooh, la, la

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# Ooh, la, la

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-# Ooh, la, la

-La, la, la

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# Ooh, la, la

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# Ooh, la, la

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# Ooh, la, la

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# Ooh, la, la

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# Oh, rainbow. #

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LAUGHTER

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< Well! Do you know the words yet?

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We're used to working with each other and we know the formula

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for what makes Celtic music work. But with the Americans coming in

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and giving a very different feel and mood to how we would treat a Gaelic song

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and that's all part of what makes the music interesting and exciting.

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# Is briste mo chroi

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# Is uaigneach mo shli

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# Is mo stoirin in a lui is me craite

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# 'S e deireadh mo shaol Mo chailin beag rua

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# Sinte i gCrucan na bPaiste

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# Ni fheicfidh si aris An drucht ar an bhfear

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# No an sneachta i ngleannta

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# Mhaamtrasna

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# Gan ghrian ar a h-aghaidh

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# Gan ceol binn na n-ean

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# Ach an chre fuar I gCrucan na bPaiste

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# In ainm an Athair Is in ainm an Mhic

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# Is a Mhaithrin ata lan de ghrasta

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# In ainm an Spioraid Naomh Na fag me beo

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# Is mo mhainlin i gCrucan bPaiste

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# Is buartha na sleibhte

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# Is ta mairg ar an Mask

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# Is olc mise gan i bheith sabhailte

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# Is an fhad a bheas me beo Ni sheasfaidh me ar fhod

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# Na hEireann No i gCrucan na bPaiste. #

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# In ainm an Athair Is in ainm an Mhic

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# Is a Mhaithrin ata lan de ghrasta

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# In ainm an Spioraid Naomh Na fag me beo

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# Is mo mhainlin i gCrucan bPaiste

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# Is mo mhainlin i gCrucan bPaiste. #

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I came here with the idea that a bunch of the great musicians from both sides of the ocean

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are gonna play music together and a lot of special things are gonna happen that don't happen every day.

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In fact every year or maybe every decade,

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it's not often I get to hang out with Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain in the same day.

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Subtitles by Heather Middleton Red Bee Media Ltd

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Folk musicians come together in what have been called 'the greatest backporch shows ever'. Paul Brady hooks up with Scottish chanteuses Eddi Reader and Karen Matheson and a few others in a performance of his song, Rainbow. Also featured are Iris DeMent in a rare appearance in the UK, joining Joan Osborne and Bruce Molsky, with the instrumental talents of Sharon Shannon on accordion and Russ Barenberg on guitar.


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