Gu Dè A-nist a Nì Mise ma Bhristear Mo Ghlùin?

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Title - Gu Dè A-nist a Nì Mise ma Bhristear Mo Ghlùin?
Alternate Title - Air fair al ail ò, ò hao ri rì ò
Contributors - Penny MacLellan; Unknown (multi)
Reporters - Peter R. Cooke

Summary - In the first section of this waulking song, the composer asks what will happen if she fractures her knee. She reveals that her little house is in need of thatching, and a drip is falling on her.

In the second section there is a change of subject, and the composer asks those with her to waulk vigorously. She says: "Four of us are here, one more than three. We would really need eight and one at the helm. We would call on Rory, son of Iain in Dunvegan."

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:23
Date Recorded - 1970.06.19
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 105334
Original Tape ID - SA1970.134
Original Track ID - SA1970.134
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Recording Location:
  County - Inverness-shire
  Parish - South Uist
  Island - South Uist
  Village - Iochdar

Item Notes - This song is traditionally ascribed to Mary MacLeod (Màiri nighean Alasdair Ruaidh). It incites the women to waulk the cloth with vigour. However, it has been suggested that in its original form, the song could have been linked with rowing.

'Hebridean Folksongs' vol. 1 (J. L. Campbell & F. Collinson eds., 1969) p. 94
'Òrain Luaidh Màiri Nighean Alasdair' (K. C. Craig ed., 1949) p. 37

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