Judith Weikle

Judith Weikle

 Jackson, Wyoming, USA

Celtic singer Judith Weikle's rich and soothing vocals will take you on an unforgettable journey into distant Celtic Realms, with haunting interpretations of traditional Irish and Scottish repertoire. Judith has been appointed to the Wyoming Arts Council 2009-10 artist roster.



Judith Weikle was born and raised in rural Michigan and currently resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Upon graduating from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, with a BA in Music, Ms. Weikle began the pursuit of Celtic Music in earnest.
Drawing from her Irish/Scottish and Appalachian Heritage, Judith collects and sings Traditional Celtic Repertoire. Recently, Judith was honored with an Individual Artist Development Grant in the Traditional Folk Arts Category from the Wyoming Arts Council. In addition to performing regionally at various Celtic Cultural Events and other concert venues, Ms Weikle is busy promoting her Debut CD: Pirates, Poets and Patriots. Judith has just returned from her second annual tour of the Hawaiian Islands.


Bonny Portmore

Written By: Traditional

Oh Bonny Portmore you shine where you stand
and the more I think on you
the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before all the lords of old England would not purchase Portmore

Oh Bonny Portmore I am sorry to see
such a woeful destruction of your ornament tree
For it stood on your shores for many
a long day, till the longboats from Antrim came to float it away

The birds in the forest they tenderly weep saying "where shall we shelter" "where shall we sleep, for the Oak and the Ash they are all cutten down And the walls of Bonny Portmore are all down to the ground

The Old Man of Sule Skerry

Written By: Judith Weikle

In the Northern Sea near the orkney isles, Beneath the stars on a clear still night. Sits an old man in is fising boat
tenderly singing lo. There the song of the seals did rise, above the waves and beyond the tide, singing now in harmony and calling to the old man of Sule Skerry

A ha Aha nanananana nee
e oh eoh nanananana nah
A ha Aha nanananana nee
the old man of Sule Skerry.

The legend is from long ago about a seal maiden lost upon the shore, her seal skin was taken away and a human she became. A lonely man had found her there, a creature of the sea, yet a woman in the bare, she became is wife and a child had she and so the story goes of Sule Skerry.


He was just a child when he found her seal skin, tucked beneath the rocks against the waters edge, Oh Mother he cried, you will leave me now, and they wept as the old ones called. Child I must go, try to understand for I am of the old seal clan, take me with you he cried, and she breathed into his lungs, and they dove into the waters of Sule Skerry.


There he saw a world neath the sea, all of the seal clan and his family, it is time for you to go his mother she did say, and she took him to his father waiting by the bay. The seal legend is known far and wide to all the seal clan and all its kind, the old ones call, singing hi and low, to The Old Man of Sule Skerry.



Judith Weikle
Pirates, Poets and Patriots

Set List

Oro Se Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
Raglan Road
She Moves Thru the Fair
The Fields of Athenry
Swallowtail Jig
Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
Farewell to Tarwathie
Skye Boat Song
Bonny Portmore
Blacbird of Sweet Avondale
Lament for Norman MacLeod
Come by the Hills
Oh Danny Boy
Turn Ye to Me
We choose from 40 songs and do three 45 min sets