An Analysis of GCSE Capercaillie's "Skye Waulking Song"
- Capercaillie are a Scottish band who combine the traditional Galic folk music with elements of rock music.
- Their music is described as 'Celtic Rock'.
- The piece combines both folk and rock instruments.
- The rock instruments include a synthesizer, Wurlitzer piano, bass guitar and a drum kit.
- The acoustic instruments that are usually associated with folk include a violin (fiddle), accordion, pipes and a bouzouki.
- A layered (contrapuntal) texture is created through the following:
- A rhythmic pattern on the drum kit.
- A bassline played by bass guitar.
- Chords on the synthesizer and accordion.
- Counter melodies on the melody instruments.
Phrase 1: Call (in Gaelic).
Refrain 1: Response (vocables).
Phrase 2: Call (in Gaelic).
Refrain 2: Response (vocables).
The overall structure:
Intro - Verse 1 - Verse 2 - Coda
- The piece is pentatonic.
- Mainly syllabic.
- Alternates between 1 bar phrases.
Rhythm And Metre
- The time signature is 12/8.
- Frequent syncopation in vocal and instrumental lines.
- Use of cross rhythms at the start of the song are created by a hi hat.
- It is in the key of G Major.
- The piece is entirely diatonic.
- G, E Minor and C are the 3 main chords.
- It has a modal feel.