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Posted By: Gallus Moll
24-Apr-17 - 06:58 PM
Thread Name: meaning - musha ring dumma do dumma da
Subject: RE: meaning - musha ring dumma do dumma da
A good number of years ago a folk researcher in the North of Scotland, maybe Caithness? recorded an old chap singing a fragment of a song which had what seemed to be a nonsense chorus- - - till it was later realised the fragment was a ballad about King Orfeo and the chorus was in fact the remnants of an old language called Norn.
I can't remember the details now - thio I think Archie Fisher might sing (or used to sing) the song -- maybe something in John Purser's book, I shall look when I have time. (I may have heard it on his brilliant 30 episode series on the Music of Scotland which BBC Radio Scotland broadcast many years ago)