Rowing From Isla To Uist jig

Also known as Iomramh Eadar Il’ A’s Uist, Rowing From Islay To Uist.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Rowing From Isla To Uist has been added to 2 tune sets.

Rowing From Isla To Uist has been added to 30 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Rowing From Isla To Uist
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E|A2A c2d|B2A B2d|A2A e2e|f>ed e2B|
c2c d2c|B2A B2d|f>ed e2B|A2A GFE|
A2A c2d|B2A B2d|A2A e2e|f>ed e2B|
c2c d2c|B2a B2d|f>ed e2B|A2B c2G|
E2E E2D|E2E c2d|B2A G2E|D2C DEF|
E2E E2D|E2E c2d|B2A GAB|A2B c2G|(A3A2):|
2
X: 2
T: Rowing From Isla To Uist
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
F|:B2B d2e|c2B c2e|B2B f2f|g>fe f2c|
d2d e2d|c2B c2f|gfe f2c|1 d2B AGF:|2 B2c Hd2A||
|:F2F F2E|F2F d2e|c2B A2F|E2D E2G|
F2F F2E|F2F d2e|c2B A>Bc|1 B3B2A:|B3B3||
# Added by DaveF .

Four comments

This tune is actually an air rather than a jig, but the time signature was right. I first heard it on Connemara’s Sirensong, then got sheet music for it from a friend several years later. The version I have sheet music for was arranged by Barry Phillips.

This tune is included in Captain Simon Fraser’s collection, first published in 1815. That setting is quite close to the Ossian version, although some of the accidentals are better ignored in my view. The appendix states that the editor considers boat-songs of this type to be the most interesting and expressive of airs from the Highlands and that such tunes are composed in a regular measure to keep time withn the rowers.

Incidentally Islay to Uist seems like a hell of a distance to row, and the seas none too calm !

@youphoria, do you think you could send me the sheet music if possible? I’d appreciate it, thanks