Willie’s Auld Trews​/​Fionnghuala​/​Tam Lin

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Willie’s Auld Trews/Fionnghuala [Fingal’s bothy] /Tam Lin -trad.Scottish
A tune celebrating the lifting of the ban on kilts imposed by the English leads in to a puirt-a-beul song. Using mnemonics to capture and remember tunes is an ancient Hebridean tradition, mostly performed by women. We end up with a wild interpretation of a tune commemorating Robert Burns’ faery epic: onstage, Kathleen and Jim take off on fiddle and feet.

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Ars' an gobha fuiricheamaid.
Ars' an gobha falbheamaid.
Ars' an gobha ris an ogha,
Na sheasamh aig doras an t-sabhail,
Gu rachadh e a shuirghe.
Chorus:
'Si eilean nam bothan nam bothan,
Eilean nam bothan nam bothan,
Eilean nam bothan nam bothan,
Am bothan a bh' aig Fionnghuala,
'Si eilean nam bothan nam bothan,
Eilean nam bothan nam bothan,
Eilean nam bothan nam bothan,
Am bothan a bh' aig Fionnghuala

Bheirinn fead air fulmairean.
Bheirinn fead air falmairean,
Liuthannan beaga na mara.
Bheireamaid greis air an tarrainn,
Na maireadh na duirgh dhuinn.

Cha d'thuirt an dadan a' seo.
Cha d'thuirt an dadan a' seo.
Cha d'thuirt an dadan a' seo.
Bheireamaid greis air an tarrainn,
Na maireadh na duirgh dhuinn.


Thuirt an gobha fuirighidh mi.
'S thuirt an gobha falbhaidh mi.
'S thuirt an gobha leis an othail,
A bh' air an dòrus an t-sàbhail,
Gu rachadh e a shuirghe.

credits

from Silver, released September 30, 2011
Barbara Tresidder Ryan - lead vocals, bouzouki, bodhrán
Bernard Argent - wooden flute, doumbek
Chuck Lawhorn - bass guitars, vocals
Kathleen Larrick - vocals
Jim Queen - fiddle, vocals

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IONA Washington, D.C.

IONA has been taking its unique brand of traditional Celtic music to festivals, arts centers, schools & house concerts all over North America and Europe since 1986, blending music from the various Celtic traditions with stories and a little humor - Barbara Ryan (vocals, bouzouki, bodhran), Bernard Argent (flute, doumbek), Chuck Lawhorn (bass), Jim Queen (fiddle, banjo) & Kathleen Larrick (dance). ... more

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