Jessica Danz

Performer | Composer

ACROSS THE SEA

In April I visited St. Clement's, a late fifteenth-century church in Rodel on the Isle of Harris. Also known as Eaglais Roghadail, the church was was built for the Chiefs of the MacLeods of Harris.  The beautiful arch with the carvings seen in the video is part of the 1528 wall tomb of Alasdair Crotach MacLeod, the 8th Chief.  The notable 17th-century poet Mairi Nighean Alasdair Ruaidh is said to be buried in the churchyard.

The beautiful acoustic and serene atmosphere of the church proved irresistible, and I performed several songs including 'Across the Sea', which is based on a traditional sea shanty.  I've adapted the music and rewritten some of the lyrics in this new arrangement.

© Jessica Danz