Sheet Music: Fear a' Bhàta

TitleFear a' Bhàta
Alternate titlesThe Boatman
Fhir a' bhàta
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature9/8
Tempo54 BPM
Performance time0:55
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2017-02-03
Last updated2017-02-03
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Celtic Music, Slow airs, Traditional/Folk


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Friday 3 February 2017

Tune of the Day: Fear a' Bhàta

Traditional Scottish air

“Fear a' Bhàta” (“The Boatman”) is a Scots Gaelic song from the late 18th century. According to the legend, it was written by Sìne NicFhionnlaigh (Jean Finlayson) of Tong (a village on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides) while courting a young fisherman. The beautiful slow air captures the emotions that she endured during their courtship.

I often look from the highest hill
That I might see my boatman
Will you come tonight, or will you come tomorrow
Oh sorry will I be if you do not come at all

They got married not long after she composed the song.