Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The speed of sheep

By kind permission of my brother whose masterpiece this is.


  1. As you can tell from the persistent birds this charming piece of music actually was playing when I let this run.
    It took me a long time to track down what it was (that's iTunes Genius for you - wasn't one of the familiar ones) but eventually found it was Da Slockit Light written by the Shetland fiddler, Dr Tom Anderson MBE: "I was coming out of Eshaness in late January, 1969, the time was after 11 pm and as I looked back at the top of the hill leading out of the district, I saw so few lights compared to what I remembered when I was young. As I watched, the lights started going out one by one. That, coupled with the recent death of my wife, made me think of the old word ‘Slockit’ meaning, a light that has gone out, and I think that was what inspired the tune.”
    This version is by Paul Sartin & Benji Kirkpatrick who are part of an extant English folk band called Bellowhead. There are several versions online - I also rather like the one by Max Cohen here
    And in case you thought the front sheep was a cardboard cutout watch its ear at 3:31.

  2. It doesn't get any better than this. I am off to put it in my favourites.

  3. ElizT - I agree, perfect. Nothing to do with me, it's my brother's work. Compliment duly passed on.