An Fhìdeag Airgid

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Title - An Fhìdeag Airgid
Contributors - Anna MacDougall
Reporters - Dr John Lorne Campbell

Summary - This is a waulking song with some Jacobite references. The song contains a number of formulaic passages:

1. The king's son is coming to Scotland in a ship with a golden helm, two silver masts and a well of wine. Some of the chiefs who will welcome him are named.
2. Clan Donald will celebrate when the king comes.
3. Love is expressed for a person who is not named.
4. The appearance and generosity of "Young Norman" is praised.
5. A skilful hunter is praised.
6. This section tells of a man who has been murdered. The speaker wishes for a knife.
7. The poetess wishes to leave her present abode and go to Harris, where she spent her youth.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:05:04
Date Recorded - 1938.03.12
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song
Collection - National Trust for Scotland

Track ID - 43229
Original Tape ID - box_07_D04-A
Original Track ID - CDC.7.4
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - Disc

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

Item Notes - 37 lines sung plus choruses. This is the first electrical recording ever made in the field in the Outer Hebrides.

'Hebridean Folksongs' vol. 3 (Campbell/Collinson) p. 220
'Scottish Tradition (3) - Waulking Songs from Barra' (The School of Scottish Studies, 1972)

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