Misto (audiocat) wrote in celtic_music,
Misto
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Set of tunes

Hello everybody!

Can anyone please tell me in which language is this song sung? It is from "Celtic Ballads" compilation. I would love to learn it by heart, but I have no lyrics and, as I've already said, I don't know what language is it sung in. Can you please help me solving this puzzle? :) It's title is Set Of Tunes and the author is Tony McManus.



Thank you so much in advance!
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It's Gaelic. But I don't know if it's Irish or Scots.
My husband once had a song by Altan and he figured it out phonetically. He said if you see it written out you won't know the pronunciation as it's so completely different in the old Scots or Irish Gaelic. Good luck.
Thank you for your answer!
I've got a friend who sings in all Gaelic languages: I've forwarded your request to her and when she gets a chance to see it/answer, I'm sure she'll tell you which it is.

did you check out McManus's website for answers? ( I would but don't have time right now.) Anyway, he's Scottish, so bets are it's Scots Gaelic. But who knows who the singer is and what she sings in. . . .
Thank you very much for your help! But I already found the answer here http://community.livejournal.com/gaeilge/174984.html :)
Ah, I see someone beat me to it, who did know more than me (who's singing, and lyrics). It is Scottish Gaelic. Whoever commented on the Gaeilge page that he thought it was Gaeilge (Irish Gaelic) because of words like "agus" is silly -- those words are the same in both Irish and Scottish Gaelic. For listening, if you know either language, she pronounces the dipthong "ao" consistently more like English "oo" than "ee", which is Scottish as opposed to Irish, and she pronounces "mh" like English "v" not "w" even when broad. I also figured it must be Scottish, because I had a harder time understanding the words. :) I'm fluent in Irish (Gaeilge), but Scottish (Gàdhlig) really is different, even though similar.