PUIRT À BEUL
The Scottish Gaelic term port à beul refers to 'a tune from a mouth', specifically a cheerful tune. Puirt à beul (plural) have sometimes been used for dancing when no instruments were available. Usually, the genre involves the performer(s) singing lighthearted, often bawdy lyrics, although these are sometimes replaced with meaningless vocables. The rhythm and sound of the song often have more importance than the depth or even sense of the lyrics.
Titles for puirt à beul are listed alphabetically in this section of the Sheet Music Catalogue with links to audio samples and to the sheet music store where items can be viewed and purchased.
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