We No Spik No Whalsa’

This is a song from one of the concerts I went to last week at the Shetland Folk Festival. It’s a version of Yolanda Be Cool’s ‘We No Speak Americano‘ by Steven Robertson in Shetland dialect which makes fun of the Whalsay dialect, which people from other parts of Shetland find very funny and/or incomprehensible. I couldn’t understand the bits in Whalsay dialect, but could follow most of the other bits.

He also did versions of songs by Tracy Chapman, Lady Gaga and various others in Shetland dialect, which were hilarious.

There are recordings of people from Whalsay, and other parts of Shetland and Orkney on the Edinburgh University site, and some more on the BBC Voices site.

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