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Thread #5962   Message #1181293
Posted By: Reiver 2
08-May-04 - 04:12 PM
Thread Name: All for Mary's Wedding - Irish tune?
Subject: RE: All for Mary's Wedding - Irish tune
The verse goes "Plenty herring, plenty meal, plenty fish (or peat) tae fill her creel." Since herring are not the only fish in the sea, I don't think the reference to fish in the next line is overly redundant. My question is still, in Scotland is the term creel used to describe a basket used for carrying peat? If so it would have to be a very different kind of basket than creels used by sports fishermen today. Should I advise the Knockabouts to sing it using peat rather than fish? In the U.S. or Canada saying "plenty peat to fill her creel" wouldn't make much sense to listeners... still, if that's the way it's sung on Lewis, that's the way I'd prefer to have it sung.

Reiver 2