'S Àlainn an t-Àite
Date 04 October 1937
Track ID 43309
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Track Information

Original Track ID

CDC.7.12

Original Tape ID

box_07_D12-A

Summary

This is a song in which the bard is praising his home area. When spring comes, the land will be productive and he will not be in want. There is a fragrant aroma from the sugar houses. Salmon can be found in every stream.

Item Notes

Copied from Ediphone wax cylinder recording. Four 8-line verses sung. In the song, it is possible that the bard is referring to future possibilities rather than to the actual reality of his situation.

The song was composed by Michael MacDonald (Mìcheal Mòr MacDhòmhnaill), c.1745-1815, who was born in South Uist. He emigrated to Prince Edward Island with the Glenaladale Pioneers in 1772. He spent much of his pioneer life in Judique, in Cape Breton Island.

See:
'The Emigrant Experience' (Sr Margaret McDonell) p. 58

Non Scottish Recording Location

Antigonish, Cape Breton, Canada

Language

Gaelic

Genre

Song

Collection

Canna