SG1519

'S ann an Ile (SAA)

It's on Islay

Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon
SAA
performance time approx 1m 40s
Range S: b – d'' / A1: b – c'' / A2: g – c''
Price code: A
Complexity: *

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This is a lively piece of Gaelic puirt-a-beul ('poorsht-a-beel') or mouth music - the name for songs written to accompany dancing. It's very well known in Scotland and sings the praises of the Inner Hebridean island of Islay (and of the girl who lived there!)
Traditionally, puirt-a-beul is sung unaccompanied and in unison but the tunes harmonise very well. Frequently they are sung in sequences of three or four, each song leading without a break into the next. 'S ann an Ile works well as the final song in the following set of four: Tha bean agam; Chuala mi e; Còta fad' air Dòmhnull lòm; 'S ann an Ile (all published by Canasg).
The piece has not been marked dynamically. One successful scheme is for the opening chorus to be forte (repeated forte) and subsequent choruses to be: f (repeat p); p (repeat p); f (repeat f).

The recording is of the SATB version of this arrangement, also available from Canasg Music.

Pronunciation guide included

Words

Chorus:
'S ann an Ile, 'n Ile, 'n Ile, 'S ann an Ile rugadh mi
'S ann an Ile, 'n Ile, 'n Ile, 'S ann an Ile bhoidheach

1. 'S ann an Ile, ghuirm an fheòir, A rugadh mi 's a thogadh mi
'S ann an Ile, ghuirm an fheòir, A rugadh mi 's a bha mi

2. 'S ann an Ile bhoidheach, A rugadh mi 's a thogadh mi
'S ann an Ile bhoidheach, A rugadh mi 's a bha mi

3. Nuair a bha mi ann an Ile, Bha Catriona cuide rium
Nuair a bha mi ann an Ile, Bha Catriona còmhla rium

traditional Gaelic song

Translation
Chorus: It's on Islay I was born, on beautiful Islay

1. It's on Islay with the green-blue grass that I was born and brought up

2. It's on beautiful Islay that I was born and brought up

3. When I was on Islay, Catriona was with me.

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