Some of the most popular songs in Gaelic are love songs. Though there are lots of Gaelic songs which are tinged with sadness, there are many happy songs too. One of these is Teann a-nall, a favourite cèilidh song composed by Gilleasbaig MacDhòmhnaill, in which he invites his sweetheart to accompany him to Uist. This performance is by Sìneag MacIntyre why not listen to the complete song first to get a feel for the tune?
Like many Gaelic songs, this one has a good, simple chorus. Let’s learn some vocabulary first:
The first two lines of the chorus have the same words: only the tune alters:
The third line of the chorus is the same as the first two, the singer is imploring his sweetheart to go to Uist with him:
Now that you are comfortable with the lines individually, let’s sing the chorus:
We’ll now crack on with the first verse. Vocabulary first:
The first two lines of the verse describe the beautiful weather in Uist!
In the second part of the verse, he turns his attention to the sea and he repeats his longing to be in Uist with his sweetheart:
Once you have mastered these lines separately, we can put them together to complete the whole verse: