The text of the song relates to the Irish practice of gathering seaweed for various purposes, dating from lean times when seaweed was valuable as a defence against famine.
There are many versions of the melody that come from the Irish folk song tradition. Among the best known settings (both derived from the Scottish strathspey "Cutting Ferns") are those of Clannad, recorded on their 1976 album Dúlamán. Another melody was first recorded by Altan on their album Island Angel. An original musical setting of the traditional text of this song for choir was also made by composer Michael McGlynn. This song is featured in Endless Ocean: Blue World (Adventures of the Deep in Europe).
- 1976 - Clannad - Dúlamán
- 1993 - Altan - Island Angel
- 1994 - Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin - A Stór Is A Stóirín
- 1995 - Anúna - Omnis
- 1997 - Chanticleer - Wondrous Love
- 1999 - Dónal Lunny - TV Programme on the privatisation of Telecom Éireann".
- 2007 - Celtic Woman - A New Journey
- 2003 - Omnia - 3
- 2009 - Omnia - World of Omnia
- 2012 - Celtic Thunder - Voyage
- 2012 - The Vocal Consort - Incantations
- 2014 - Celtic Woman - Musical Gems
- Doreen McBride, When Hunger Stalked the North (1994).
- Ian D. Biddle, Vanessa Knights, Music, National Identity and the Politics of Location (2007), p. 35.
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