Matt Molloy, "Music of the Seals" on Shadows on St

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Matt Molloy, "Music of the Seals" on Shadows on St

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Can anyone help me out identifying or transcribing the first tune on Track 9 ("Music of the Seals") on Matt Molloy's "Shadows on Stone" CD? Or look on the liner and see if he indicates what it is? It starts out

B2BG AGEF G2Bd edgd

according to my (tin) ear, but I can't find anything of the sort. Thanks for any help!
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From your ABC, it looks like The Morning Star:
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/828
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I don't know, can the liner notes be believed?

It lists:

Seal-Hunter's Fling

Song for Attracting Seals
Fiddler's Companion says
FISHERMAN'S SONG FOR ATTRACTING THE SEALS, THE. Scottish, Air (6/8 time). Scotland, north Highlands. G Major. Standard. AAB. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician's No. 10: Airs & Melodies of Scotland's Past), Vol. 10, 1992; pg. 5. Rev. P. McDonald (A Collection of Highland Vocal Airs), 1784; No. 46. Iona IR002, Ossian - "Seal Song" (1981).
The Lament
AKA and see "An Caoine."
Sea-Joy (a meditation)

Seal Cove (reel)

The Grey Selchie of Sule Skerry
It was sung for Dr. Otto Anderson by an Orkney man in 1938
Seal Morning (reel)

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Checking the album this time ... :-)

Right, Kevin, The Seal-Hunter's Fling it is.
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Is this it? This is from a 1948 book of Scottish tunes.


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treeshark wrote:Is this it? This is from a 1948 book of Scottish tunes.
Yes, that's the second tune in the track. Matt plays it in G.

The first tune is very simple:

X:1
T:Seal-Hunter's Fling, The
M:C|
K:G
B2BG AGEF|G2Bd edgd|B2BG AGEA|GABG A2G2:|
G2Bd edgd|B2BG AGEA|G2Bd edgd|B2BG A2G2:|
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Thanks for the help! I'm surprised my transcription was more-or-less correct as far as I took it.
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A few years ago I went nuts over this track with the seals. I'd borrowed a book which turned out to be the book mentioned there on the liner notes, The People of the Sea by David Thomson - after I read it, I bought my own. It was on Amazon and the (later) edition I had bought also contained notation of the seals' music in the back of the book. All the pieces adapted for this seals track seem to be in the book.
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