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Origins: Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird A' Chuain

Bobelix 05 Jan 18 - 04:37 PM
michaelr 06 Jan 18 - 02:32 PM
GUEST,julia L 08 Jan 18 - 11:29 PM
Jim Brown 09 Jan 18 - 04:12 AM
Bobelix 11 Jan 18 - 04:09 PM
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Subject: Origins: Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird A' Chuain
From: Bobelix
Date: 05 Jan 18 - 04:37 PM

Hi, does anyone have any background info on the origins/author/antiquity of this song (sung by Julie Fowlis and featured in the Disney cartoon "Brave")? I don't need a translation, just background info.
Thanks!
Bob
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ClUSVXD5uY


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Subject: RE: Origins: Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird A' Chuain
From: michaelr
Date: 06 Jan 18 - 02:32 PM

Appears to be traditional Scots, perhaps associated with Clan Donald.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird A' Chuain
From: GUEST,julia L
Date: 08 Jan 18 - 11:29 PM

I think you mean Scot Gaelic? Scots is a different language
best- Julia


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Subject: RE: Origins: Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird A' Chuain
From: Jim Brown
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 04:12 AM

In an article about the presence / absence of Gaelic in the movie, "Gaelic in Disney", in Celtic Life International, 2015, Dr Emily McEwen-Fujita quotes from the following about the song from an Atlantic Gaelic Academy e-newsletter:

“This song is thought to have originally been a Scottish pipe tune and the tune was used for an English song composed in the United States by Bernard Covert. One version of it, called, Jamie’s on the Stormy Sea, appeared in the journal of the whaling ship Euphrasia in 1849. The song crossed the Atlantic and was set to Gaelic words by Henry Whyte, who wrote under the pen-name Fionn. The Gaelic version came to Cape Breton in the St. Columba collection of Gaelic songs and used to be sung by Tommy MacDonald of the North Shore Singers. It was from Tommy’s singing that Julie Fowlis learned the song.”

Best,
Jim


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Subject: RE: Origins: Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird A' Chuain
From: Bobelix
Date: 11 Jan 18 - 04:09 PM

That's BRILLIANT, Jim! Just what I needed! Many thanks.
Bob


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