The Fairy Dance: watch now
“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.
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