Ring Tone

April 13, 2015 on 8:06 pm by Michael Grey | In Delightful Data of the Day | Comments Off on Ring Tone

While walking down a stairwell today from the sixth floor of a local hospital I heard an echo-y mobile phone ring from down below. This ring made me stop in my tracks.

The ring tone was clearly Mile Marphaisg Air a Ghaol, the (great) Gaelic waulking song, “A Thousand Curses on Love“. I moved my size tens as fast as I could to find the phone’s owner, but no luck. S/he was gone by the time I got to the ground floor. Here’s a fine version by Mairi MacInnes:

I’ve always had a soft spot for Cathy-Ann MacPhee’s version from her “I See Winter” record – still one of my very most favourites.

Still. What are the chances to hear such a ring anywhere? Unlikely on the west coast of Scotland – let alone Hamilton, Ontario? What a wonderful and strange world we live in.


PS. A pipe version can be found in my third book.

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