'Illean o, ro bha hó

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Title - 'Illean o, ro bha hó
Alternate Title - Muladach Mi 's Mi air M' Aineoil
Contributors - Kate MacCormick
Reporters - Dr John Lorne Campbell

Summary - These are two sections of a waulking song. In the first, a woman refers to being on an island. There are two children with her. In the second section, the composer refers to the death of a man she loves. He is described as a hunter.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:01:34
Date Recorded - 1954.05.16
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song
Collection - National Trust for Scotland

Track ID - 43791
Original Tape ID - CannaTape.0006
Original Track ID - CannaWirek.1954.1
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

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

Item Notes - 11 lines sung plus choruses.
'Òrain Luaidh Màiri nighean Alasdair' (K. C. Craig ed., 1949) p. 82
Some versions of this waulking song, such as that in 'Òrain Luaidh Màiri nighean Alasdair', contain a section beginning, "Is e mo ghràdh na gamhna geala". This is followed by a section beginning, "Gura h-e mo ghaol na gillean". It is from these two sections of this waulking song that the lines of the song known to modern singers as 'Na gamhna geala' have been taken.

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