Chailin Òig as Stiùireamaiche

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

Summary - The text in this song 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.

The following section says: "I lay in a fever that day, and for a year and a quarter. The brown-haired woman came to see me when five quarters had passed."

The next section involves a shinty game, and the final one gives opinions on the characters of women.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:51
Date Recorded - 1938.03
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song
Collection - National Trust for Scotland

Track ID - 27128
Original Tape ID - album_01_D09A
Original Track ID - CDC.XL
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - Disc

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

Item Notes - 34 lines sung. 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'.

'An t-Òranaiche' (Gilleasbaig Mac na Ceàrdadh) p. 21
'Hebridean Folksongs' vol. 2 (J. L. Campbell & F. Collinson eds., 1977) p. 44

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