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Whatever Happened to Slainte? - Elf M. Sternberg
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Whatever Happened to Slainte?
A few years ago I downloaded from a website a song called Mairi's Wedding, performed live. I didn't know a whole lot about it other than that it was sung wondefully and beautifully, and it sounded like the participants were having a whole lot of fun.

A week later, when I went back to the link I had found, it was gone. The band, Slainte, had disappeared off the face of the Earth, their website deleted and any mention of them ungoogleable.

Well, I now know two things about them. Apparently they've dumped all of their works into the Internet Archive, and they're all downloadable as high-quality MP3s. The other thing, and this was something of a disappointment, was that they were a Seattle-based band. The choir heard on their songs is the Tacoma Children's Choir.

Anyway, you can now get their stuff from the Internet Archive and Open Source Audio. It's nice to have, but it's also frustrating-- I think I would have liked to see them live, and I know I'd like to be able to buy their stuff and thank them for the pleasure they've given me.

(Yeah, I know, if you Google for them you'll find at least two other bands with the same name. No matter. This is the one I wanted.)

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Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Slainte, Mairi's Wedding

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taerin From: taerin Date: May 5th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh I really like these, but how sad that we can't buy a CD!

I have the same problem with a single song I found a few years ago. One of the few times my Google powers failed me.

Thanks for sharing this link, I think I'll need to pass it on.
tagryn From: tagryn Date: May 6th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think this is a reference to them:
http://www.answers.com/topic/slainte

According to that, they actually released 4 albums. Three of them are open source at:
http://www.archive.org/details/CupofTea
http://www.archive.org/details/SlainteExtras
http://www.archive.org/details/Slainte

According to http://www.celtograss.com/TheStories.htm Elf's correct, they're no longer together.
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