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aka: The Cuckoo (A Chuthag), The Blue Cuckoo. (A Chuthag Ghorm). This air has been recorded by various Cape Breton instrumentalists including Natalie NIacMaster, Dan Hughie MacEachern. Dave MacIsaac and Joan MacDonald Bowes. Over the years it has been a song popular for both choirs and Gaelic Mod performers. Since the '70s this type of song has all but disappeared in rural Cape Breton as the main social context for Gaelic song has become the Milling Frolic (which focus on a more rhythmical repertoire). Fortunately, a local rec-ording is posted on the SFX website (www.gaelstream.stfx.ca) sung by the late John Shaw (Seog.an) of Indian Brook. Victoria County. Arranged close to the manner sung by Seogan, pianist Joan MacDonald also arranged it in the same key I have chosen. I fmd it does fall into the fingers easily in Bb however note that like most song melodies it can be transposed to another key to accommodate the singer's range. The Gaelic lyrics were published at least a couple times in 19th century Scotland: i. An TO rainaiche (The Gaelic Songster) . ("0 Faille ort fliein, a chuthag ghorm - Welcome to you, blue cuckoo). ii. An Uneag. 1898 Glasgow (a publication of Gaelic songs for schools).