This week’s featured Scottish artist, Alasdair Fraser plays “St. Kilda Wedding / Brose And Butter” with Natalie Haas. The Scottish translation of “The St. Kilda Wedding” is “A bhanais Iortach”. To hear more songs like this, the pair have produced an album named “Fire & Grace”, which I highly recommend.Purchase This Album
I specifically chose this song because St. Kilda is featured in one of my favorite public domain music books (#7), so you can find sheet music for it!
St. Kilda is a remote island flung way off the northwest coast of Scotland.
Beleive it or not, people actually lived here. The island’s population never exceeded 180 people. Isolation was a way of life for the islanders. For an interesting read, check out the Wikipedia article on St. Kilda.
I’ll share one of my favorite takeaways from the wiki article–because of its isolation, communication with the mainland was a challenge. Solution–Mail boats! No, not actual boat boats. Like, little toy boat message-in-a-bottle type devices!“This was the invention of John Sands, who visited in 1877. During his stay, a shipwreck left nine Austrian sailors marooned there, and by February supplies were running low. Sands attached a message to a lifebuoy salvaged from the Peti Dubrovacki and threw it into the sea. Nine days later it was picked up in Birsay, Orkney, and a rescue was arranged.
“The St Kildans, building on this idea, would fashion a piece of wood into the shape of a boat, attach it to a bladder made of sheepskin, and place in it a small bottle or tin containing a message. Launched when the wind came from the north-west, two-thirds of the messages were later found on the west coast of Scotland or, less conveniently, in Norway.”
Luckily, I don’t have a 2/3 chance of my emails or texts reaching their intended recipient! Hug your internet a little tighter tonight, friends.