‘Tàladh Chrìosda’/’The Christ Child’s Lullaby’ (downloadable PDF)


Includes two different (but similar) versions of Scottish carol, 'The Christ Child's Lullaby', with harmony parts for both. Please see further below for more information and an audio sample.


Also known by its English title, ‘The Christ Child’s Lullaby’ this is one of only a handful of Scottish carols, with poetry written in Scottish Gaelic by Father Ranald Rankin (c.1855). Two similar versions are included on this two-page PDF, both of them ethereal melodies set in the key of D-modal (Mixolydian). Rolling harmony parts (for both versions), chord symbols, and first verse lyrics in Scottish Gaelic and English are included.

[NB: Both the melody and harmony require the nontraditional note C-natural. This can be played on conically-bored chanters —e.g. Highland and Border pipes— with a ‘cross’ or ‘forked’ fingering pattern. On cylindrically-bored chanters without custom features —e.g. standard smallpipe chanters— you may need to apply a piece of tuning tape over the top 80% of the C soundhole.]

This is one of over 100 carols printed in the collection, On This Day Earth Shall Ring.

An audio sample, featuring Scottish smallpipes (A-chanter, with a custom C-natural hole for the lower thumb [tape will work, too]). Version 1 is heard without harmony, followed by version 2 with a harmony part that is very similar to the harmony part for version 1: