Gaelic Songs of Scotland: Women at Work in the Western Isles

Alan Lomax Collection

Gaelic Songs of Scotland Women at Work in the West
  • CAT # 11661-1785-2

    1. A Fhleasgaich Ùir Leanainn Thu 1:27
    2. Discussion about shielings
    3. Crodh Chailein 2:28
    4. Discussion about shielings (continued)
    5. Thug Mi 'N Oidhche Raoir San Àirigh 2:38
    6. Discussion about shielings (part 3)
    7. A' Bhanarach Chaoin 1:39
    8. Discussion about shielings (conclusion)
    9. O'S Toil 'S Is Rò Thoil Liom 1:24
    10. Gaol A' Chruidh
    11. Discussion about milking songs / 'Se Mo Ghaol An T-Aghan Caisfhionn
    12. A Ho Ró's Gun Dheoghail Na Laoigh 1:32
    13. 's Fhada Bhuainn Anna 2:56
    14. Discussion about spinning 1:42
    15. Mhurchaidh Bhig Nan Gormshuil Greannmhor 1:52
    16. Discussion about spinning (continued) / Bidh An Deoch-S' Air Làimh Mo Rùin 1:28
    17. 'S Chunna Mise Mo Leannan 1:52
    18. O 'S Moch An-Diugh A Rinn Mi Gluasad 2:01
    19. Sheòl Am Bàta Fairis A- 1:38
    20. Oganach Gun Tòir Na Dheaghaidh 1:26
    21. Discussion about the tweed
    22. Nighean Sin Thall 1:18
    23. An Cuala Sibh Mun Mhaighdean Cheutach 2:49
    24. Mo Rùn Ailean 4:13
    25. Memories of Stornoway Girls in Barra
    26. Alasdair Òig 'Ic 'Ac Neacail 2:05
    27. Rinn Mi Mocheirigh Gu Éirigh 2:08
    28. Cha Déid Mi Do Dh'Fhear Gun Bhàta 2:02
    29. Memories of Mingulay Men at the Luadh in Barra
    30. Gaol Ise Gaol I 1:58
    31. Mhurchaidh Bhig, A Chinn A' Chonais 4:38
    32. Discussion about the tweed (continued) 1:14
    33. Gu Dé Ni Mi? 1:23
    34. Gur E Mise Tha Fo Ghruaim 1:19
    35. Discussion about measuring and rolling up the cloth
    36. Freagair Siod Mas Toil Leat Fhéin E 3:32
    37. Gur Tu Mo Ni'N Donn Bhòidheach
    38. Có Bheir Mi Liom 1:36

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Women at Work in the Western Isles

Work patterns in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland were traditionally gender-based. Women did most of the child-caring, virtually all domestic chores, dairy tasks, carding, spinning and dyeing wool, and waulking (fulling) the cloth after it had been woven. Whatever the chore, it was made lighter by singing. This album illustrates the rich variety of this song, performed with breathtaking beauty and tenderness by women at work.

Gaelic Songs of Scotland

On a visit to Gaelic Scotland in 1951 Alan Lomax recorded over 250 songs within a few days. Struck by the stark contrast between the Gaels' material poverty and cultural richness, he wrote: 'In all my travels, I have never met such genteel, winning, and genuinely cultured people as these Hebrideans - nor have I heard anywhere folk songs of such fine quality...' His remarkable collection now documents a way of life entirely lost in twenty-first century Scotland.

The Alan Lomax Collection

The Alan Lomax Collection is an assemblage of international field recordings that anthologizes the work of folklorist Alan Lomax.

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