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Tune Req: A Fisherman's Song for Attracting Seals

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SONG TO THE SEALS


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In Mudcat MIDIs:
A Fisherman's Song For Attracting Seals
Sealsong (Also known as "Hó i Hó i")


hartley@toto.pitton.com 28 Oct 96 - 10:46 PM
Alex 29 Oct 96 - 12:29 AM
dick greenhaus 29 Oct 96 - 09:15 PM
Alisdair 21 Nov 96 - 02:20 PM
Alex 21 Nov 96 - 08:55 PM
GUEST 09 Mar 00 - 12:37 AM
Thomas the Rhymer 09 Mar 00 - 02:10 AM
GUEST,Donna 03 Apr 00 - 07:36 PM
Malcolm Douglas 06 Apr 00 - 11:44 AM
Malcolm Douglas 06 Apr 00 - 03:57 PM
Malcolm Douglas 06 Apr 00 - 04:15 PM
GUEST,Angun 06 Apr 00 - 06:54 PM
Alan of Australia 08 Apr 00 - 10:20 PM
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Subject: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: hartley@toto.pitton.com
Date: 28 Oct 96 - 10:46 PM

Just heard a tune off Thistle and Shamrock by Ausian (?) with the above title. Would like to get the tune.


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Subject: RE: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: Alex
Date: 29 Oct 96 - 12:29 AM

"A Fisherman's Song For Attracting Seals" from Ossian SEAL SONG Iona Records 1981.


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Subject: RE: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 29 Oct 96 - 09:15 PM

I don't know if it's the one you want, but try searching for SEALSONG. My gaelic is limited to the point of being non-existent.


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Subject: RE: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: Alisdair
Date: 21 Nov 96 - 02:20 PM

Hi !

Might be able to help ! Who is "OSSIAN" though ?

Are the lyrics in Scottish or Irish Gaelic ? I know both ...

Regards,

Alisdair


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Subject: RE: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: Alex
Date: 21 Nov 96 - 08:55 PM

Ossian was a Scottish folk band. Ossian was also a Celtic bard.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SEAL SONG
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 12:37 AM

I came across the Seal Song below when I did a search on Digitrad, just wondering if anyone knows where it is from or who transcribed it, if there is a recording in existence or if in fact the melody has been transcribed.


SEAL SONG

CHORUS: Ho i ho i hi o ho i
Ho i hi o ho i i
Ho i ho i hi o ho i
Cha robh mi'm' aonar an raoir. [I was not alone last night.]

'S mairg 's an tir so, 's mairg 's an tir,
'g ithe dhaoine 'n riochd a' bhidh;
nach fhaic sibh ceannard an t-sluaigh
Goil air teine gu cruaidh cruinn.

[Sad the land is, sad the land,
Eating people for its food;
See how the chief of all our men
Boils on fire that's hot and round.]

'S mise nighean Aiodh mhic Eoghain,
gum b'eolach mi mu na sgeirean;
gur mairg a dheanadh mo bhualadh,
bean uasal mi o thir eile.

[I'm the daughter of Hugh mac Ewen,
And I know the skerries well;
And woe to him that would strike at me,
A lady from a far country.]

Thig an smeorach, thig an druid,
thig gach eun a dh' ionnsaigh nid,
thig am bradan thar a' chuain;
gu la Luain cha ghluaisear mis'.

[Come the mavis, come the thrush,
Come each bird that seeks its nest,
Come the salmon over the sea --
Till the day I shall not move.]

Here's a seal song from the rocks of Haisgeir, in the Hebrides. It is sung by a seal woman, and was heard by some sealers while they were eating some seal they had just popped on the barbie. The MacOdrums and other families who claimed descent from seals did not eat seal, in spite of the fact that seals were one of the few protein sources available on the islands. (Other than the ever-present fish, that is.) The style of the song is not very different (other than the first verse) from laments for historical human chiefs.
@Scots @seal
filename[ SEALSONG
MO'B


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Subject: RE: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 09 Mar 00 - 02:10 AM

very beautiful,....donna? can you convey how it goes musically?... pleaeaeaeaeaeaeaeaeaeaeaeaeaeaese?


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Subject: RE: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: GUEST,Donna
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 07:36 PM

aaaaaaarrrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhh Thomas....I was hoping somehow could convey it to me musically, that is why I was wondering if there were any recordings etc..


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Subject: RE: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 11:44 AM

This song was quoted by William Matheson in his introduction to The Songs of John MacCodrum (Scottish Gaelic Texts Society, Vol. II)  MacCodrum used the tune for his song Smeorach Chlann Domhnaill, but altered the melody of the chorus.  David Thomson prints the song in The People of the Sea, with the unaltered tune as given him by Matheson, but doesn't include the 3rd verse as per DT; possibly that was a later addition. I shall send a midi of the tune to Alan of Oz's Mudcat Midi Site; if you would like a copy of the staff-notation or the midi, let me know.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 03:57 PM

And while I was at it, I sent a midi of A Fisherman's Song for Attracting Seals, too, though a little late for the original enquirer!

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 04:15 PM

I neglected to mention that it, too, came from David Thomson's book, and was originally published in Patrick MacDonald's Collection of Highland Vocal Airs hitherto unpublished (Edinburgh, 1784).  The midi of Seal Song has the following structure:

Chorus
Verse 1
Chorus
Verse 2

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: GUEST,Angun
Date: 06 Apr 00 - 06:54 PM

Hi all! On Matt Molloy´s recording "Shadows of stone", that you can order from Claddagh Records, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh sings part of this seal song... Highly recommended.

All the Best, Angun


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Subject: RE: Fisherman's song to caught seals
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 08 Apr 00 - 10:20 PM

G'day,
Thanks to Malcolm two tunes can be found at the Mudcat MIDI site:

A Fisherman's Song For Attracting Seals
and
Sealsong.

Cheers,
Alan


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