Crodh Chailein

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 Theme code Index    335 311
 Also known as    Colin's Cattle
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    3/4
 History    SCOTLAND(Highland), SCOTLAND(Western Isles)
 Structure    One part
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:Keith Norman MacDonald
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Gesto Collection of Highland Music (The)
 Tune and/or Page number    
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1896
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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CRODH CHAILEIN (Colin's Cattle). Scottish, Slow Air (3/4 time). D Major (Martin): E Major (Neil). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The melody is thought to have been composed by Isabel Cameron of Mull. One of the Gaelic fairy songs (Orain Shidhe), it tells the story of the beautiful bride of Colin who was enchanted by fairies on her wedding day. Her fate was for one year's time to be allowed home each day to milk the cows, and though Colin could hear her singing, she was forced to remain invisible to him. After the specified period the spell was broken and she was restored. The song was recorded in the field by Alan Lomax from the singing of Kate Nicholson, Ardnamonie, Iochdar (South Uist), North-west Scotland, in the 1950's and was described as a "milking song" (it was recorded in her byre).

Printed sources: MacDonald (The Gesto Collection of Highland Music), 1896;. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 1, 1991; p. 14. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 172, p. 223.


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