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CoverMingulay Boat Song [level: Easy]
arr. Stuart P. O’Neil: Bio and other works
RELEASED: March 2024
voicing: TBB | catalog number: SBMP 1782 | duration: 2'46 | price: $2.20
accompaniment: piano, flute

INSTRUMENT PART: Flute - FREE Download


The melody for “Mingulay Boat Song” is based on a traditional Gaelic folk tune. The text was written by Sir Hugh S. Robertson, Scottish composer, and it speaks of a fisherman’s longing to return home to his family. Scored for TTB choirs with piano and flute, this gently lilting ballad is well suited for developing middle level ensembles as well as high school and collegiate level choirs. The haunting a cappella ending will keep your audience in suspense!


performance by: KU Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha - Evan Edwards, conductor [© all rights reserved]

Order CLICK HERE: See and Hear the Complete Score or download a perusal copy: HERE

CLICK HERE: Read the Text or Poem
Heel y'ho boys / let her go boys

Bring her head round / into the weather

Heel y'ho boys / let her go boys

Sailing homeward / to Mingulay!



What care we boys / how white the Minch is?

What care we boys / of windy weather

when we know that / every inch is

sailing homeward / to Mingulay?



Wives are waiting / on the pier heads,

Gazing seaward / from the heather.

Pull her head 'round / and we'll anchor

Ere the sun sets / on Mingulay!

Sir Hugh S. Robertson (1872-1952)

CLICK HERE: Choral Tracks (Practice made simple)


Mingulay Boat Song choral track bundle contains a part dominant track for each voice part, a balanced voices track, and an accompaniment track if the work is not a cappella (the accompaniment is also included with the part dominant and balanced voices track). Get more information and listen to samples HERE. Please note that the choral score is not included in the bundle and needs to be ordered separately.

Price: $49.99
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