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Belle Stewart (18 July, 1906 - 4 September 1997) was a Scottish traditional singer.

Belle McGregor was born on the banks of the River Tay at Caputh, near Blairgowrie, into a family of Highland Scottish Travellers, who lived in bow-tents (similar to dome tents). Belle married Alex Stewart, a bagpiper. Alex's father Jock Stewart (1869-1954) had become a champion piper, supposedly the subject of the popular Scots and Irish…

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  • Such a amazing singer
  • This 30 second sample illutrates the Sean-Nós (old way) style. Belle Stewart begins singing in a first person about a lover, a woman. At :29 you can hear her gender shift from my to “He” This is the hallmark of the Sean-Nós style. Lisa Moscatiello and Rosie Shipley do a Séan Nos Nua (old way - new) version of “Here’s A Health A Health To All True Lovers.” The absence of the gender shift in both “Here’s A Health…” and “Girl From the North Country” lends the album title “Well Kept Secrets” an intriguing subtext! http://rabdrake.wordpress.com/category/the-g2g-love-song-list/

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