This tune was requested by Urs Boegli in Discussions. As is evident from the title, it’s a ‘foreign’ tune, from Shetland and appears on one of Solas’s albums. It has a close relative in the Scottish reel, The Kilt is My Delight, and, although I can’t think of any at the moment, I’m sure it must also have some cousins in Ireland.
David’s setting sounds "older" to me than what Solas plays on the cd. If you’re trying to match what’s on the cd, it goes something like:
|:A~F3 ABde|~f3d edBd|A~F3 ABde|1 fdef d2 dB:|
|2 fdef d3f|
|~g3e ~f3d|edef edBA|~g3e f2 fd|edef ~a3f|
|~g3e ~f3d|edef edBd|A~F3 ABde|faec d2 dB|
Also, instead of the |A~F3 ABde| phrase, they sometimes play it AFEF ABde|.
O’ot Be Est Da Vong
This tune is also on the new Fiddlers Bid album "Da Farder ben Da Welcomer", must listen to to hear how the Shetlanders play. This is one of my favourite Shetland tunes, lots of energy in it. I put some rolls into it on the whistle and flute.
The title refers to a part of the Outer Skerries in Shetland called the Vong, and it means "east of the vong" used when describing things when their off on the boat. (translation from Maurice Henderson of Fiddlers Bid).
I encourage everyone to learn it and play it in sessions everywhere!!!
Thanks for the translation. My imagination was taking it in entirely other directions….;o)
Will, you are probably right in saying that ‘my’ version is older, as I learnt it from one of the Shetland Fiddling CDs in the BBC Scottish Tradition series, where it is played unnaccompanied in a traditional Shetland style.
Thanks for the traanslation, Jenny.
Solas has a penchant for snazzing tunes up from their "simpler" origins. Most of the time, I like what they bring to the tune, but often it’s nice to know both the older (I want to say "more traditional" but I don’t really want to start another one of those debates :-) setting and Solas’s setting. The Antrim Rose (also on the "Solas" cd) is another good example of this.
Actually, I meant the Rose of Antrim, a different reel altogether than the Antrim Rose that’s on the "Solas" cd.
If anyone’s interested, I also have the notes for Timmy Clifford’s (The Return Home is already in the tune archives here). Let me know.
thanks for the help with the other tunes of this Solas set. I’ve found an abc fot timmy clifford’s, but if you’ve written down the solas version , that would be intersting as well.
I personally think it makes sense with some tunes to have have several versions stored here, might be intersting to learn about different styles also.
Oo’t Be Est Da Vong
Fiddlers’ Bid’s version is very close to what Solas recorded. The first part goes like this:
B|A2AF ABde|f2fd edBd|A2AF ABde|fafe d2d:|
Of course, the ending of the second part is the same as that of the first one.
Interestingly enough, old Scottish song "A Cur Nan Gobhar as a’ Chreig (Herding the Goats from the Rocks)" shares the almost identical first part with this Shetland tune. Irish reel Fisherman’s Lilt has the somewhat similar first part though it’s in C major.
This is one of my all-time favourite tunes. Easy but sounds nice on the flute or whistle.
O’ot Be Est Da Vong
This tune appears as "The Kilt is My Delight" on the latest album of Scottish group Keep It Up. It seems a variant of the melody taken from puirt a beul "A Cur Nan Gobhar as a’Chreig," which I mentioned in the previous comment: the song has the line "Little Kilt is My Delight." I don’t know if this melody originated in Shetland or Scottish mainland.
Oot Be Est Da Vong
This tune is known in our household as "The Ikea Reel".
My SO suggests that it might make a nice set with "Rolling in the Ryegrass".
Love this tune! I’m learning it right now in a set, coming after ‘Anything for John Joe’— two nice single reels in D! So far it’s the best Sliabh Luachra-Shetland combo set I’ve come up with. ;p
listen to Aly Bain here at 0:45
The meaning of the name
Just in case anyone is a bit foxed by the name. As noted above, it is the direction of a fishing ground near the Out Skerries, a group of islands to the East to the Shetland "mainland". The Vong is a tooth shaped rock. Confused? Think Vong - Fang - Tooth.