In Metis music, rhythm is supplied by beats from spoons or clogging, sometimes accompanied by syllables hummed to the melody, also known as turlutage. “Turlutage” adapts musical melody for vocal expression, usually a refrain from vocables or nonsense syllables.It is said that the art of turlutage the rhythmic expressions that punctuate the verses of songs comes from Irish and cottish folklore. In cottish music, it is called “mouth music.” The Irish call this “lilting”, that is, sung with nonsense syllables.

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