Chailin Òig as Stiùireamaiche

Record 1 of 1
« Previous Record  |  Next Record »
Title - Chailin Òig as Stiùireamaiche
Contributors - Kate Gillies
Reporters - Donald MacPherson

Summary - The text of this waulking song falls into several sections. These include a description of a meeting with a brown-haired woman. 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." It is followed by a section about a shinty game. Then there is a section with opinions on the characters of women. The penultimate section contains the woman's descriptions of herself.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:06:28
Date Recorded - 1953.07
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song
Collection - National Trust for Scotland

Track ID - 44243
Original Tape ID - CannaTape.0022
Original Track ID - CannaDMP.8
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

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

Item Notes - 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

Permanent Link -

Record 1 of 1
« Previous Record  |  Next Record »
Terms of Use  |  FAQs  |  Accessibility   |  Contact   |  Copyright  |  Acknowledgements   |  Useful Links   |  Site Map
BBC Alba
The National Trust for Scotland
Sabhal Mor Ostaig