Shelg Yn Dreean jig

Also known as Hunt The Wren, Shelg Yn Drean.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Shelg Yn Dreean has been added to 1 tune set.

Shelg Yn Dreean has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
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||
2
X: 2
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||
|:F2F F2E|DCD FGA|B2B d2B|AGF E2:|

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6Qxqinizcg


Cheers,
Dick