King Orfeo
Date September 1959
Track ID 47965
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1955.145.5

Original Tape ID

SA1955.145

Summary

King Orfeo goes hunting, leaving Lady Isobel alone. She is pierced in the heart by a fairy arrow and disappears underground. The king plays the pipes and enters the fairy kingdom. In return for playing the pipes he gets back his lady.

Item Notes

Transcribed in School of Scottish Studies. A beautiful version. The verses are sung in Shetland Scots with the refrain in Norn. This Child ballad (19a) was based on an English romantic poem dating to the 13th or 14th century, itself derived from a mix of Greek myth and Celtic folklore.

Recording Location

County - Shetland

Parish - Lerwick

Language

Scots

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R136; C19;