An Island Sheiling Song waltz

Also known as Maighdeanan Na H-Àiridh, The Sheilin Song, The Sheiling Song.

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

An Island Sheiling Song has been added to 21 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: An Island Sheiling Song
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
G|:ce |"F/C" f2 "C"e2 dB | "F/C"A2 "B/G"B2 AE | "C"G2 "F/C"A2 c>B | "C"c3G ce |
"F/C"f2 "C"e2 dB | "F/C"A2 "G/C"B2 AE | "C"G2 A2 cB | (c2 c2) ce |
"C"g3g "F"af | "G"d2 d2 "C7/E"eg | "F"(a2 a2) "C/E"ge | "D7sus/G"g3f ed |
"C/E"c2 "C"g2 "C7"ec | "F"A2 Bc "C/E"ec | "Csus/G"G2 "F/G"A2 cB | "C"(c2 c2) :|
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X: 2
T: An Island Sheiling Song
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|:df |"G/D" g2 "D"f2 ec | "G/D"B2 "c/A"c2 BF | "D"A2 "G/D"B2 d>c | "D"d3A df |
"G/D"g2 "D"f2 ec | "G/D"B2 "A/D"c2 BF | "D"A2 B2 dc | (d2 d2) df |
"D"a3a "G"bg | "A"e2 e2 "D7/F"fa | "G"(b2 b2) "D/F"af | "E7sus/A"a3g fe |
"D/F"d2 "D"a2 "D7"fd | "G"B2 cd "D/F"fd | "Dsus/A"A2 "G/A"B2 dc | "D"(d2 d2) :|
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Four comments

The Sheiling Song

Not a waltz but a beautiful Scottish air, I had a CD I thin it was Alistair Fraser playing this tune, it was a beautiful interpretation of the tune. A magic tune.

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For me, the tune loses some of its "magic" when you consider that it is one of those that Marjory Kennedy-Fraser "got her mitts on" (as the late Ishbel MacAskill used to say). The words most commonly heard were written by Fennedy-Fraser’s collaborator, Kenneth Macleod. The title in "Songs of the Hebrides" is "An Island Sheiling Song (Maighdeanan na h-airidh)", and M K-F says she got the melody from "the singing of Ann MacNeill of Barra". Unfortunately, a lot of these tunes were altered in structure to suit the "drawing room" environment in which they were intended to be played. Words were composed more in the "art music" category.
I haven’t heard the original Ann MacNeill version of the tune, so I’m not sure how faithful the "drawing room" version is.
There are variants around. One is the Manx milking song "Arrane Ben-vlieaun" or "Arrane y Ven-vlieaun" etc.

"Fennedy"? Freudian, perhaps.

Beautifullfabulous tune.