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HEMAN DUBH (The Black Rock). AKA – "He mandu 's truagh nach digeadh." Scottish, Waulking Air (2/4 time). G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). This Scots-Gaelic worksong is from the Hebrides Islands in northern Scotland. It is a orain-luaidh or "waulking song", the work, primarily by women, involving shrinking wool for cloth with the songs an aid to the labor.
Source for notated version:
McDonald (A Collection of Highland Vocal Airs), 1784; p. 21.
Kennedy-Fraser & Macleod (Songs of the Hebrides), 1909; p. 106.
Recorded sources: Rounder 3067, Alan Stivell – "Renaissance of the Celtic Harp" (1982). Rounder 3038, Pierre Bensusan – "Musiques" (1979).