Chailin Òig as Stiùramaiche

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Title - Chailin Òig as Stiùramaiche
Contributors - Mary Morrison
Reporters - Dr John Lorne Campbell

Summary - The text falls into several sections. After the introductory lines in which a dairymaid says she should have a herdsman, there is a description of a meeting with a brown-haired woman, who makes impossible requests. In the following section the singer says that she lay with fever for a year and a quarter, and that when she arose, the brown-haired woman came to see her. The next section involves a shinty game, and the final one gives opinions on the characters of women.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:44
Date Recorded - 1949.12.29
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song
Collection - National Trust for Scotland

Track ID - 21623
Original Tape ID - CW0026B
Original Track ID - CW0026B.114
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - Wire

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

Item Notes - 33 lines sung plus single-line choruses. This song appears to be a ballad adapted as a waulking song, and its chorus line is possibly what Pistol is referring to in his words "Calen o custure me" in Shakespeare's "Henry V".
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 eds. 1977) p. 44
'An t-Òranaiche' (G. Mac na Ceàrdadh) p. 21

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