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Origins: Mo Shùil A'd Dhéidh

Douglas in Sacramento 05 Apr 99 - 11:28 AM
Bruce O. 05 Apr 99 - 06:48 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 06 Apr 99 - 04:45 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 07 Apr 99 - 04:58 PM
Barry Taylor 07 Apr 99 - 09:03 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 26 May 99 - 11:44 PM
Barry Taylor 27 May 99 - 12:57 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 27 May 99 - 01:24 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 29 May 99 - 01:26 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 29 May 99 - 01:29 AM
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Subject: Mo shuil a'd dheidh (origin)
From: Douglas in Sacramento
Date: 05 Apr 99 - 11:28 AM

Hello, I picked up this song a couple of days ago at Barry Taylor's Lyrics Site: http://www3.islandnet.com/~btaylor/homepage.htm It is in Scottish Gaelic and means literally "My eye is longing for you." Anyway, I would like to know if anyone knows the origin of this song. Barry thought it originated on the island of Skye and said that the Rankins recorded it.

Thanks


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Subject: RE: Mo shuil a'd dheidh (origin)
From: Bruce O.
Date: 05 Apr 99 - 06:48 PM

Moffat's 'The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Highlands', merely says 'Gaelic Words old', and gives those, tune, and a metrical translation by Henry Whyte.


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Subject: RE: Mo shuil a'd dheidh (origin)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 04:45 PM

Bruce is correct, it is an old song. There are two variants of the tune, one of which is from Skye. I haven't heard specifically about the origins, but perhaps Rosemary McCormack at B&R Heritage Enterprises. They have e-mail at the web-site.

Yes, the Rankins did a couple of the verses (there are 4 that I have at my site), as part of a medley. It is certainly a beautiful song.


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Subject: RE: Mo shuil a'd dheidh (origin)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 04:58 PM

Oh I forgot to mention. There IS a beautiful version of the whole song on a tape called Duanag Mhabu. The tape was done in the late 80's, early 90s. It was a group of young ladies from Mabou High School on Cape Breton. Several of those girls went on to become performers on their own or in other groups. Heather Rankin, Rita and Mary Rankin to name some of those. If you're interested in that tape, I'll get the information on who supplies it.


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Subject: RE: Mo shuil a'd dheidh (origin)
From: Barry Taylor
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 09:03 PM

I'm definitely interested in that tape, George!


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Subject: RE: Mo shuil a'd dheidh (origin)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 26 May 99 - 11:44 PM

Sorry to take so long getting back about the tape, but the people in Mabou have been a bit busy. I have an e-mail address for Linda Rankin who can take orders for the tapes. Contact her at

jrankin@auracom.com
ICQ: 2048273
The tape includes about a dozen songs. All the songs are Scottish Gaelic. The choir is a group of young girls who had sung together a lot during high school. Among the young ladies in the group are Heather Rankin of the Rankin Family, and Rita and Mary Rankin who are distantly related and have their own recordings out.

Contact Linda, and she can give more information on ordering up the tape. IT is NOT available on CD.


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Subject: RE: Mo shuil a'd dheidh (origin)
From: Barry Taylor
Date: 27 May 99 - 12:57 AM

Thanks, George! :-)


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Subject: RE: Mo shuil a'd dheidh (origin)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 27 May 99 - 01:24 AM

I have a couple of questions, Barry. Would you send me e-mail?


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Subject: RE: Mo shuil a'd dheidh (origin)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 29 May 99 - 01:26 AM

Douglas, you've probably given up on your request for the origins of this song, but take heart. Someone just supplied me with some information on it. It's too long to go into here, so I've appended it to the lyrics at my page. Check out the bottom of the page at: Mo Shùil A'd Dhéidh


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Subject: RE: Mo shuil a'd dheidh (origin)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 29 May 99 - 01:29 AM

Oops! Try again.... Mo Shùil A'd Dhéidh


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