Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
Laura Parkinson

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That damn song again...

So, I posted before about hunting down a certain song on iTunes. (I was going to link to the previous entry, but couldn't find it, so take my word for it.) I wasn't at all happy with the version I'd ended up purchasing though, after getting to hear the full version multiple times, so today I went about hunting for a better one.

Now, I know that the spelling of Celtic-based words is an imprecise thing. But still, damnit, d'you know how hard it is to track down a song when it is spelled in at least the following ways?:

Shee Beg Shee Mor
Shee Bheg and Shee Mohr
Se Beag Si Mhor
Shea Beag Shea Mhor
Shi Big, Shi Mhor
Si Beag, Si Mhor
Si Beag, Si Mor
Si Beag Si Mor
Si Beag Si More
Si Beag, Si Mhor
Si Beag Si Mohr
Si' Beag Si' Mo'r
Si Bheag and Si Mhor
Si Bheag/Si Mhor
Si Bheag Agus Si Mhor
Si Bheag Si Mhor
Si Bheag Si Mhor (with both "i"s and the "o" having little apostrophe-like accents above them.)
Si Bheag, Si Mhor
Sibheag Se Mhor
Si Bheg Si Mhor
Si Bhig, Si Mhor
Sidh Bag Agus Sidh Mor
Sidh Beag, Sidh Mor
Sidh Beg Sidh Mor
Sidh Beag Agus Sidh Mor
Sidhe Beag, Sidhe Mor
Sigh Beg Sigh Mor

And that's before I got tired of looking around, and I might have missed a few small variants because, dude. And that's just what I happened to think about searching, so there could well be even odder variants that would have escaped any further poking around, anyhow. Sheesh!

A few more notes:

The one I downloaded before but wasn't happy with was Si' Beag Si' Mo'r by the Blarney Pilgrims. In retrospect, I should have known better than to download a song that looks like its title was a refugee after a surprise attack by the Evil Apostrophe Army. It's a good sign that the performers will take a similar approach to the music - throw in as many "plaintive" (and I use those scare quotes with just cause) warbles, off key bits, and wavers as possible to make it sound like "authentic" folk (and incidentally cause male cats for miles around to stream in looking for who's in heat.)

The one I downloaded today was Si Bheg Si Mhor by Seamaisin, and I'm actually fairly pleased with it, at least so far. I don't like it as much as I liked the original version I had (still technically have, but the cassette hasn't been playing right, and I wanted a digital version anyhow), but I think that's mostly because this version uses more woodwinds, while I prefer a more fiddle/violin-heavy song in general. But it's performed well, and with enough various instruments to really back it and bring out the richness of the song.

And finally, amusingly (at least to me), the aforementioned version that I have on cassette that got me liking the song in the first place is titled there "Sheebeg and Sheemore," which is nowhere in the extensive list above.

Edit: AARRGH! Dude, WTF? just out of curiosity, after posting this entry I decided to search for the name of the guy who did the original cassette I mentioned above (Joemy Wilson), and the actual version of the song that I wanted is available on iTunes. I KNOW I did searches that should have found the song name! *grumble grumble*
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