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 (derived from the Scottish strathspey "Cutting Ferns") is that of Clannad, recorded on their 1976 album Dúlamán. Another melody was first recorded by Altan on their 1993 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 Michael McGlynn composition.
- 1997 - Chanticleer - Wondrous Love Michael McGlynn composition.
- 1999 - Dónal Lunny - TV Programme on the privatisation of Telecom Éireann".
- 2001 - Cantus - Let Your Voice Be Heard
- 2007 - Celtic Woman - A New Journey — (Sung by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha)
- 2003 - Omnia - 3
- 2009 - Omnia - World of Omnia
- 2012 - Celtic Thunder - Voyage Michael McGlynn composition.
- 2012 - Celtic Woman - Believe (German Edition) — (Sung by Lisa Lambe)
- 2012 - The Vocal Consort - Incantations Michael McGlynn composition.
- 2014 - Celtic Woman - Emerald: Musical Gems — (Sung by Lisa Lambe)
- 2014 - Song of the Sea
- 2016 - Celtic Woman - Voices of Angels — (Sung by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha)
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