The tragic story of an Orkney ‘witch’

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Alan Day

Alan Day plays concertina

Our good friend and excellent concertina player Alan Day sang us a gut-wrenchingly tragic song telling the story of a young Orkney girl accused of witchcraft the other day.

We were very struck by it, and Alan has kindly let us have an mp3 sample of The Orkney Witch to share with readers – please let us and him know if you enjoy it, or learn it for yourself.

The tale seems to be genuine enough – or at least it has very common currency on Orkney.