The Fairy Dance (animated short film)

(1 customer review)

The Fairy Dance is an animated adaptation of an Orcadian folk tale described by Ernest Marwick in his book ‘The Folklore of Orkney & Shetland.’ It is free to watch under the Value for Value model, also known as Name Your Price or Pay What You Want.

You are under no obligation to pay anything to watch this short film, but if you feel it has value, and if you are in a position to do so, please contribute whatever you feel it is worth. The Fairy Dance required a huge investment of time to create, and the artist has a family to support. A Paypal account is not required.

This project received a Visual Arts and Crafts Makers Award which enabled the purchase of equipment and training. Thanks to the VACMA panel, Creative Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council for deeming it worthy of their support.



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“Take care if the peerie folk ask you to play

The night may go on for a year and a day”

The Fairy Dance tells the story of a young fiddle player who makes a deal with a local Orcadian trow, one of the ‘peerie’ (or ‘peedie’) faerie folk who live underground in ‘howes’ which litter the landscape of Orkney. In reality these mounds are often neolithic chambered cairns, of which the most ‘weel kent’ is Maeshowe. As with similar dark folk tales about leprechauns, goblins and such, doing deals with these magical creatures carries great risk as well as the promise of great reward.

The Fairy Dance is available to watch ad-free thanks to the ingenuity of the non-commercial, open-source PeerTube network and the kindness of the server administrator at Should the Value for Value distribution model (which relies on good will) prove financially viable, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help with their operating costs.

If you would like to know more about the story of The Fairy Dance and the process of it’s creation, a website dedicated to it can be found at

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© Martin Laird, 2022. All rights reserved.

1 review for The Fairy Dance (animated short film)

  1. Fiona MacInnes

    This is brilliant .I loved it, captivating, sinister, haunting and beautiful. The colour is fantastic the characters spot on and the music superb. Its a real gem of a work. A real creative triumph.

    • Martin Laird

      That’s very kind of you Fiona, thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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