Hear Alex Jenkins talk to Muckle Flugga about their album Northern Light on Saturday from 12 noon and 12 midnight and on Monday from 6pm.
Muckle Flugga are Dave Gifford on Fiddle & Whistles; Bob Crosbie on Guitar & Tenor Banjo and Abbie Patterson on Bodhran.
The three chaps are from Edinburgh and are named after the most northerly of Scotland’s lighthouses.
Muckle Flugga is a small rocky island north of Unst in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. It is often described as the northernmost point of the British Isles, but the smaller islet of Out Stack is actually farther north. It used to be the northernmost inhabited island, but forfeited that accolade when the lighthouse was automated and the last residents moved out.
The name comes from Old Norse, Mikla Flugey, meaning “large steep-sided island”. The original name was “North Unst”, but in 1964 that was changed to “Muckle Flugga”.
They fought over her by throwing large rocks at each other, one of which became Muckle Flugga.
To get rid of them, the mermaid offered to marry whichever one would follow her to the North Pole. They both followed her and drowned, as neither could swim.