Mo Rùn Ailean

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Title - Mo Rùn Ailean
Contributors - Mary Morrison
Reporters - Dr John Lorne Campbell

Summary - This waulking song has three separate sections, and the chorus vocables change after the first section. In the opening section, the composer describes how she looked into the distance and saw her lover's ship. He was at the helm. The second section contains interesting references to waulking. In the final section, the composer tells of her pregnancy, and defends it by saying that the father is "the brown-haired scholar of English".

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:05:30
Date Recorded - 1949.12.29
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song
Collection - National Trust for Scotland

Track ID - 21619
Original Tape ID - CW0026B
Original Track ID - CW0026B.111
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - Wire

Recording Location:
  County - Inverness-shire
  Parish - Barra
  Island - Barra
  Village - Castlebay

Item Notes - 47 half-lines sung. Chorus accompaniment during refrain. Recorded at Chapelhouse, Castlebay, from the Vibrator Convertor, at a ceilidh arranged by the Barra Folklore Committee
'Hebridean Folksongs' vol. 2 (J. L. Campbell and F. Collinson), no. LXXVI.
'Scottish Tradition 3 - Waulking Songs from Barra' (The School of Scottish Studies)
'Folksongs and Folklore of South Uist' (M. F. Shaw) song 97
'Òrain Luaidh Màiri Nighean Alasdair' (K. C. Craig, 1949) p. 39

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