The Fairy Dance (animated short film)

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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…


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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 magical creatures carries great risk as well as the promise of great reward.

The Fairy Dance project received VACMA funding which enabled the purchase of equipment and training materials. Thanks to the VACMA panel, Orkney Islands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and Creative Scotland for deeming it worthy of their support.

The animation also required a large investment of time for a single artist to create. It is freely available to watch under the Value for Value model. If you would like to support this work and see more like it, you can pay whatever you think it is worth. All donations gratefully received:

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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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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