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    Waulking songs (Scots Gaelic: ̉rain Luaidh) are Scottish folk songs, traditionally sung in the Gaelic language by women while fulling (waulking) cloth. This practice involved a group of women rhythmically beating newly woven tweed or tartan cloth against a table or similar surface to soften it.



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    ​In a world full of wonders, man invented boredom.

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    ​In a world full of wonders, man invented boredom.

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    You’ve been watching Men in Kilts haven’t ya!

    Just watched the season’s penultimate episode, saw that little bit with the gals doing their communal ditties. Amazing stuff fabric, that it took so much effort to make clothes all this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sp_clark View Post
    You’ve been watching Men in Kilts haven’t ya!

    Just watched the season’s penultimate episode, saw that little bit with the gals doing their communal ditties. Amazing stuff fabric, that it took so much effort to make clothes all this time.
    Just YouTube, I've given up on TV. I often explore music via YouTube. Some years back I saw some video of Scottish women singing while gutting herring. I like the way music is used to set a work rhythm.
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    The carved stone giants on Eastern Island were moved by songs. Only a song could coordinate the haulers, pulling on different bits — the tilters vs the swivelers.

    Music matters.

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    Really nice songs. Wish I could buy this boat and go on a trip with my family while listening to these songs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boatman1975 View Post
    Really nice songs. Wish I could buy this boat and go on a trip with my family while listening to these songs.
    That price is insane.
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    Having lived in the Outer Hebridies and Inverness, I've heard these songs many times, and got very bored having to sing them in school music lessons.

    Kathleen MacInnes / Caitlin NicAonghais is likely to have attended the same school / Sgoil as me on South Uist / Uibhist a Deas , only I would have left to go to sgoil in Inverness / Inbhir Nis, before she started Primary.

    Traditional kilt fabric was only about 18 inches wide woven on hand looms, so a full Great Kilt / Feileadh took 16yards of material cut in half to 8 yards and then sewn together to produce a 3ft wide width.

    I have a book written by a school teacher written in the late 1800s early 1900s about his time on South Uist.. the children were still in Kilts at that time, but by teenage years they all wore trousers.
    Last edited by The Q; 04-12-2021 at 04:05 AM.
    Just an amateur bodging away..

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    agree with you. Edgewater boats are so overpriced. I didn't buy that boat. Still looking for the perfect one with a good price.

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