Ref. 196 - Row Me Home To Islay / My Fair One / Mo Chailin Dìleas Donn
a set of three Scottish and Scots Gaelic airs arranged for accordion
RH and LH notation with suggested couplers
suitable for self-improvers and teaching accordion
Row Me Home To Islay The composer of this slow air for bagpipes is unknown but the lyrics that accompany it speak of a deep longing to return to Islay, the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, the most southerly island of the Inner Hebrides lying south west of Jura and around 40 kilometres north of the Irish coast.
My Fair One There is little background information to offer for this melody. Its musical form points to it being Gaelic in origin though there is no Gaelic title associated with it.
Mo Chailin Dileas Donn (My Faithful, Brown-Haired Lass) Composition is attributed to Eachann MacCoinnich (Hector MacKenzie) in 'An t-Òranaiche' (Gilleasbaig Mac na Ceàrdadh ed., 1879) p. 441. In the song the bard praises the girl who would lift his spirits. But now he is sad because he is far away from her, on the high seas, although only death will ever keep him from his darling.