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Willie Campbell

Festival 2014
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(Photo by Leila Angus)

With no less than five albums Scotsman Willie Campbell is a truly experienced singer. For years Campbell was frontman of several rock bands. Gaelic folk rock bands. With his experience and creative versatility the Isle of Lewis based singer-songwriter merges different music styles into new songs. The result is fresh and relevant for all music lovers. No matter what language they speak. Maybe that’s why the BBC made a documentary about this Liet International contestant.

Fir Chlis

Nas àirde na a’ ghrian,
Bha mi seòladh tro spèuran
Gun feum air ogsaidean,
Thabair thusa astar ’s mi nis saor
Ach thàinig mi gum chiall
Le lasair a rinn mo shùilean dall -
Cha robh mi ruighinn mar bha dùil.

Shoillsich mo dhust mar sholas ’s mar fir chlis
Ach dh’fheumain faighinn slighe, dh’fheumainn faighinn slighe.

Feumaidh mi a bhith faisg ort,
Chan eil dòigh sam bith dhòmhsa a bhith beò ans an t-saoghal,
Feumaidh mi a bhith faisg ort,
Chan eil dòigh sam bith dhòmhsa a bhith beò ans an t-saoghal seo.

Ach tha mi seo ’son ùin’
Gun dòigh air an t-slighe
a dhèanamh rèidh.
Bha sgàthan sealltainn fìrinn chruaidh, o bha i cruaidh.
Sgrios mi cothrom mòr
A’ ruith air falbh bho chùram is ghràdh
Gun fhios cò ’s caraid dhomh no nàmh, caraid no nàmh.

Dhealaich na sgòthan air Leòdhas agus dheàrrsaich a’ ghrian,
Sheall thusa dhomh an t-slighe, sheall thusa dhòmhsa an t-sligh’.

Northern Lights

Higher than the sun
I was floating through space without needing oxygen
It’s quite some distance to be in free fall
I suddenly realised
In the flash of a solar flare which blinded my eyes
I was not bullet proof at all. No, not at all.

My dust reappeared as dancing light in the northern hemisphere

I need to be near you.
There’s just no other way for me to live in this world.

Looks like I’m here to stay
There was no easier softer way
I looked myself straight in the eye

The mirror told its tale
If squandered potential and running from care
Looks like those strangers weren’t my friends.

Lewis winter clouds parted, the sun shone cold and it gave me hope.
You kindly came and showed me the way. X 2

I need to be near you.
There’s just no other way for me to live in this world.

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