Skye Boat Song

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The Skye Boat Song, sometimes called ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ tells the story of the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie in a small boat.  Flora MacDonald, who is buried on the Isle of Skye, helped Prince Charles Edward Stuart with this escape.  He had been defeated by the English at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, following the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745.  From Skye, Bonnie Prince Charlie sailed to France.

I’m not sure if this song is going to have vocals – maybe not.  There is a middle section depicting the storm that threatens the little boat – we should be able to hear the wind and the waves, and also seabirds calling and the cries of distressed sailors.

The main theme returns after the storm to show that the boat, carrying the precious prince, has made it safely to land on the Isle of Skye.

PDF files of the music:

Skye Boat Song – Panpipes Section 1 First Desk Players 1 and 2 – Adam and Ethan

Skye Boat Song – Dulcimer Section 1 First Desk Players 3 and 4 – Freya and Alice

Skye Boat Song – Saw Lead Section 1 Second Desk – Josh, James C., Matthew G. and Harry

Skye Boat Song – Cyber Pad Section 1 Third Desk – Amy, Gemma and Ben L.

Skye Boat Song – Harpsichord Section 2 – Jonah, James L., Lucy, Tom R., Matthew C., Tomas F., Reuben, Alankrita and Nicola

Skye Boat Song – Synth Strings Section 3, Seashore – Jacob, Megan, Finlay, Matthew L., Ben C., Callum and Evelyn

Audio at 70bpm:

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Audio at 90bpm:

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