Maighdeanan Na H-Àiridh waltz

Also known as An Island Sheiling Song, Maideanan Na H-Àiridh, Maighdeanan Na H-Àiridh, Maighdeanan Na H-Àirigh, The Sheilin Song, The Sheiling Song.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Maighdeanan Na H-Àiridh has been added to 1 tune set.

Maighdeanan Na H-Àiridh has been added to 33 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Maighdeanan Na H-Àiridh
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: Maighdeanan Na H-Àiridh
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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X: 3
T: Maighdeanan Na H-Àiridh
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DF|G3F ED|B,B,3 B,B,|B,3D DC|DD-D4-|D4DF|
G3F E>D|B,B,3 B,B,|B,3D DC|DD-D4-|D4DF|
DD-DA FD|B,2C4|FD A,3B,|DC DD3-|D4||
DF|G3F ED|B,4 DC|B,2D2 DC|D6-|D4DF|
G3F ED|B,4 DC|B,2D2 DC|D6-|D4DF|
B,2C4|FD A,3B,|DC D4-|D4||
X: 4
T: Maighdeanan Na H-Àiridh
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj

Nine 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.

Re: An Island Sheiling Song

Ossian have recorded a truly lovely version of this as ‘Maighdeanan Na H-Airidh’ on their album ‘The Carrying

Re: An Island Sheiling Song

Beautiful fiddle version by Aonghas Grant (the left-handed fiddler who has taught so many Scottish fiddlers).
My mother, a non-Gaelic speaker, used to play and sing the Marjorie K-F version at the piano: I just loved the melody, and this and others of “Songs of the North” did lead me on to try and learn Gaelic later, and explore Gaelic song in its more original versions, so M K-F isn’t all bad!

An Island Sheiling Song, X:3

This is the version from the Ossian album “The Carrying Stream” The vocal and instrumental versions are slightly different so both of them are given.