Shelg Yn Dreean jig

Also known as Hunt The Wren, Shelg Yn Drean.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Shelg Yn Dreean has been added to 1 tune set.

Shelg Yn Dreean has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Shelg Yn Dreean
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A | d2d d2A | FDD D2d | e2e e2e | fed cBA |
d2d d2A | FEF G2G | A2A d2A | FDD D3 |
F3 F2E | DCD FGA | B2B d2B | AGF E3 |
F2F F2E | DCD FGA | B2B d2B | AGF E2A |
d2d d2A | FDD D2d | e2e e2e | fed cBA |
d2d d2A | FEF G2G | A2A d2A | FDD D2 ||

Two comments

Shelg Yn Dreean

This is a common Manx dance tune on the Isle of Man. It is probably better known as Hunt the Wren, which is a common tradition in many countries, and is associated with St. Stephen’s Day (26th December).

On the Island one story is that a witch on the Island was luring men to their death in the sea, and she turned herself into the shape of a wren in order to escape the wrath of the Manx people. Her punishment was that she had to remain as a wren and be hunted and killed every year on the 26th December.

Obviously no wrens are killed anymore, but an effigy of the wren is placed upon a decorated pole, which the dancers dance around (shaking their fists at it during parts of the dance!).

Re: Shelg Yn Dreean

Here’s my take on Hunting the Wren: A medley of tunes relating to one of our smallest & most fascinating little birds, the Wren, played on Nyckelharpa, Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Mandolin, Whistles & Bowed Psaltery & accompanied by around 40 photographs of the Wren, taken mostly in my north Antrim garden.

Hunting the Wren: Wales, We’ll Hunt the Wren: Ireland, Wren An Dro: Brittany, Hunt the Wren: Isle of Man, Death of the Wren: Scotland & The Wren’s Nest: Ireland