The Santiago song and the Sweeney piece are based on the same original melody, but that's not "Tha Mi Sgith" which is very different. The Sweeney piece is titled "Star of the County Down" which would indicates an Irish origin rather than a Scottish one. The Wikipedia page for "Star of the County Down" lists "Mädchen von Haithabu" as a recorded version.


I don't think that word is notated correctly, I don't hear any "t" sound at the end, and the sound at the beginning is closer to "eye" than to "ear," as you might expect if it was "irit." My best guess is it's the word "irie," which is borrowed from Jamaican patois, and means "all right." It doesn't ...

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