Peter Kennedy Collection

Flora McNeil, Barra, Scotland 1951

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Andrew PaceA waulking song from Barra is sung by a number of unidentified women (possibly led by Mary Morrison), followed by Flora MacNeil singing the same piece, solo. The recordings are clearly from two different occasions. After this, another ensemble waulking song is performed, followed by Flora MacNeil solo.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 03/03/2013

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    Unknown

  • Shelf mark

    C604/384

  • Recording date

    1951

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Kennedy Collection

  • Recording locations

    Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

  • Performers

    McNeill, Flora (singer, female)

  • Recordist

    Kennedy, Peter

  • Description

    [*Peter Kennedy's notes transcribed verbatim from the original tape box*] 1. Aileen Duinn (1) Hum [5'27"] *keep.- 2. Beinn A 'Cheathaich (2) [2'04"].- 3. Cairistiona (5) Hum [5'20"]*.- 4. Co Sheinneas Anfhideag Airgid (9) [2'30"].- 5. Faca Sibh Raughail Na Ailein (10) [1'25"].- 6. A Fhleaseaig Dig Is Cefnaita (13) [2'30"].- 8. Mille Marbhasg Air A'Ghaol (18) [2'04"].- 10. A Phiuthrag's A Phiutar (22) [1'25"].- 11. Strath Bainne [2'40"].- 7. Fluich An Cidhche (14), waulking [0'55"].- 8. Mile Narvise Air A Ghallis, waulking [1'05"]. Total 29'30". [Quality note: Hum audible until 5 min. 26 sec., then again between 07 min. 28 sec. and 15 min. Audio only in the right channel from 15 min. to 18 min. 58 sec., and again between 19 min. 52 sec. to 21 min. 59 sec.]

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    Flora McNeil at BBC TV studio, Parkhead, Glasgow, 1962

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[18:57]

A waulking song from Barra is sung by a number of unidentified women (possibly led by Mary Morrison), followed by Flora MacNeil singing the same piece, solo. The recordings are clearly from two different occasions. After this, another ensemble waulking song is performed, followed by Flora MacNeil solo.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 03/03/2013 15:07:00

Flora MacNeil is a Gaelic singer originally from the island of Barra, Scotland. It is possible these recordings were made in Glasgow in 1967.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 03/03/2013 14:57:00