Mouth music - "puirt à beul" - which in Scottish Gaelic means "tunes from the mouth", was a vocal performance to replace musical instruments when they were banned after the 1745 uprising. In puirt à beul, the rhythm and sound of the song often have more importance than the depth or even sense of the lyrics. Now it's often performed as a vocal solo without dance.

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You can hear verses 1, 2 and the chorus sung on the Highland Council site.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Brochan lom

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Christopher Campbell-Howes for contributing this song. The English translation has been taken from Cuilion's post on The Mudcat Café.

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