Manks Concert in memory of Sophia Morrison - ‘Lhon Dhoo’ - A Manx song performed by Clare Kilgallon and Annie Kissack

Published on 12 Apr 2017

A startlingly beautiful duet from the Isle of Man, telling of the one bird’s lament for the blackbird which does not return.
This song originates in a story collected by Sophia Morrison from J. R. Moore in the 1910s. It tells of how the blackbird agrees to swap homes with the plover for a short while, but once the blackbird was in his new home, he hid from the plover and never returned to swap back.
The song opens with the beautiful refrain:

Lhondoo, vel oo cheet, vel oo cheet?
S’foddey my reayllagh oo!

Blackbird, are you coming, are you coming?
The time is long and you are not here!

The song is performed here by Clare Kilgallon and Annie Kissack, who were first taught the song by Mona Douglas, the original collector of the tune. This performance was as a part of a set by the prize-winning Manx language choir Caarjyn Cooidjagh.

This is a part of the “Manks Concert” marking the anniversary of the death of Sophia Morrison.
Held at the Peel Centenary Centre on the 14th of January 2017, it marked the 100th anniversary of the death of this great figure of Manx cultural history.

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