9th May Dawn Days

About the music: 9: Òran an Ròin (The Seal’s Song) (Traditional arranged Fowlis/Shaw) Songs and stories about seals are part of the folklore of North Uist and of Heisgeir, five small islands about four miles west of the main island.…

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About the music:

9: Òran an Ròin (The Seal’s Song)
(Traditional arranged Fowlis/Shaw)

Songs and stories about seals are part of the folklore of North Uist and of Heisgeir, five small islands about four miles west of the main island. People hunted seals and made good use of them – as food, for clothing and for oil. It was said that the seals were the children of the King of Norway, living under a spell put on them by a bad stepmother. It was also said that they took human form at full moon three times a year. According to one legend some young men were once hunting seals in Heisgeir and after killing a fair number and spending time rendering their oil they started to prepare a dinner of seal meat for themselves. That was when they heard this song coming from an offshore reef.

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