Murdo Carpenter and the Free Milk Allowance

During an Arora movement workshop I heard the unmistakeable Hebridean groundswell voice wave when the melodeon played Hebridean Gaelic Airs.

During one gathering in particular I clocked many lips moving, the slow tap of a foot or hand here and there and the internal light of joyful recognition on faces, some becoming after a while quite animated.

As a privileged Gaelic facilitator on Arora, I followed my instinct to book more session with the very responsive residents and requested an hour long singing session over 4 weeks. This is week 3 and the hour long slot has proved to be a source of laughter, many rousing choruses and new songs…

Òran a’ Bhainne

’S e bhios agam tuilleadh, an àite na bà

Canaistear de bhainne ged nach fhaigh mi bàrr

Bò nach ith’ a’ fodar , bò nach fheum a’ bhathach

Bò nach breith a laogh

’S nach tèid a chaoidh a dh’ àire.

I will no longer be bothering with the cow

It will arrive in a tin but minus the cream

This cow wouldn’t need clover or take up room in the byre

No more calves and the bull will not feel the need to jump the fence anymore.

Ode to National Dried Milk Tins from Harris

After we had finished singing ‘Morag Bheag nighean Mhurchaidh an t-Saor’ a lady of ninety seven taught us all a new version in English!!

Who is that wee girl dancing on the floor?

Dancing on the floor, dancing on the floor

Who is that wee girl dancing on the floor?

Little Murdo Carpenters daughter

What will we do if the wild winds blow?

Wild winds blow, wild winds blow

What will we do if the wild winds blow?

The night before went she to marry

I’d go with you to Meavaig in Uig

Meavaig in Uig, Meavaing in Uig

I’d go with you to Meavaig in Uig

Though it will be stormy and foggy

I can’t wait to see what happens next Thursday at 2pm.

 

 

 

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