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Tune Req: Song of the Seals (from Jean Redpath)

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SONG TO THE SEALS


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celticblues5 14 Nov 01 - 03:59 PM
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Subject: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: celticblues5
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 03:59 PM

Hi, all -

Can anyone give the notation for Jean Redpath's Seal Song (not sure of the exact title, but it's about seals!)? Particularly interested in the notation for the chanting-sort-of prelude and ending that brackets the actual lyrics. Thanks for your help.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 05:41 PM

Could it be "Grey Silkie"? Sheet music here! If not, I'll look again.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 06:25 PM

In the DT as  SONG OF THE SEALS, oddly enough.  No tune, and unfortunately no information as to where Jean got the song.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 06:32 PM

I have her CD of it. I'll dig out the liner notes and see what they say, tomorrow. Could also send the tune via email, I think.

kat


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: Stewie
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 07:19 PM

Here is Jean's note on the sleeve of the vinyl issue [Philo PH 1054, 1978]. I don't know how it stacks up with liner notes in the CD reissue:

'Those of you who have read the Dan nan Ron, the Song of the Seals, will recall how Manus MacCondrum, himself one of the seal-folk, would be knowing when the tide was ebbing across the great Reef of Berneray – how he would hear the call of the skua on the rocky promontory, and the wailing of the moon-restless plover on the hill behind – how, after the earthing of his love, and the tide had ebbed in his heart, he would be crossing the Sound of Berneray continually and making for the old Pictish tower known as Dun Sticir in the shadow of Beann Bhreac – how the island folks would be seeing him at low tide upon the Reef of Berneray, singing wild and strange runes'. (MacGregor: 'The Peat Fire Flame).

So does Alasdair Alpin MacGregor's book talk of one of the descendants of the seal-folk – those creatures which could cast their sealskins and assume mortal form, and with whom other clans too claimed kinship.

This rather arty song (poem by Harold Boulton; music Granville Bantock) has a chorus which touches something so close to the heart that it has been 'recognised' by those born as far from the Hebrides as the Calabrian Hills of Italy. I learned it from the singing of Father (now Canon) Sidney McEwan.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: Stewart
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 07:38 PM

Here's a sound clip of JR singing Song of the Seals CLICK HERE.

Also, here's a great site on the Silkie Folk CLICK HERE.

S. in Seattle


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Subject: Tune Add: SONG OF THE SEALS (from Jean Redpath)
From: MMario
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 07:39 PM

found this:

X:1
T:Song of the Seals
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Eb
z4zB e/2g3/2|b4-bB c/2e3/2|g4-gB c/2e3/2|
[M:3/4]f4-fe/2c/2|[M:4/4]e4-eB c/2e3/2|
[M:2/4][L:1/16]g4gBce|[M:4/4][L:1/8]c'4-c'b- b2|
[M:3/4]g2e2f3/2c/2|[M:4/4]e6z2|b3g b3/2g/2 b3/2g/2|
b4g4|a3e a3/2e/2 a3/2e/2|a4e4|[M:3/4]B3/2d/2 e3/2f/2 gb|
[M:4/4]g/2a3/2- ab g2e2|b3g b3/2g/2 b3/2g/2|b4g4


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 08:52 PM

Wonderful links, Stewart- thank you! I've done a bit of research on the selkies and most of what I've learned was on that second link!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: Stewie
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 09:24 PM

For those interested, I previously posted the full epic 'The Lady Odivere', of which 'The Grey Silkie' is but a fragment, to the forum:

The Lady Odivere

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: celticblues5
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 11:14 PM

Thanks, everyone, for all of the input. Stewart, that really IS a great link! :-)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: Frailin Gill
Date: 15 Nov 01 - 04:41 AM

I have been singing a version of the Great Silkie for a while, but never come across The Lady Odivere. Thanks very much, Stewie for posting this. I'll go away and enjoy it with a cup of tea.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: Stewart
Date: 15 Nov 01 - 12:50 PM

Here's a link to another selkie web page CLICK HERE, with some other good links. Then there's that beautiful Irish film "Secret of the Roan Inish" based on the novella "The Secret of Ron Mor Skerry" by Rosalie K. Fry (1957). Here's an excerpt from that CLICK HERE which became the basis for the movie. It is really an enchanting movie - beautiful scenery and music - that I highly recommend if you can find it at your video store.

I have collected a version of The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry from the Orkney Islands CLICK HERE, and my friend Paddy Graber sings a very similar Irish version where the selkie visits Ireland rather than Norway.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jean Redpath's Song of the Seals
From: Art Thieme
Date: 16 Nov 01 - 10:03 AM

We have 18 LPs by the great man himself, JOHN McCORMACK. One of the albums is a compilation of 78s and this song is from relatively late in his career---

SONG OF THE SEALS (Boulton-Bantock) Piano accomp. by E. Schneider---June 27th, 1935

LP title: The Great John McCormack -- Fiesta Records--1619 Broadway--New York, N.Y.---FLPS 1856

Art Thieme


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