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Ireland's Musical Legacy


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The Road from Erin:
One of Ireland's most compelling gifts to the world is its music.   Deliberately, inadvertently, unquenchably, the music, like the people, traveled.   They went to America as eager immigrants, such as the Irish Quakers who settled in Pennsylvania, and as unwilling prisoners, like the many Irish Tories remanded to Virginia in the late 17th century.   The music they brought with them famously infused America's nascent musical voice as the young country climbed on its shaky legs and learned to dance.   No household, it seemed, was without a copy of "Moore's Irish Melodies," although scores of other Irish collections became nearly as popular.
Not just America:
That influence spread throughout the English-speaking world, mixing into the music of such diverse areas as Cape Breton and the Orkney Islands.   And, not surprisingly, what with all the conquest-happy traffic in and around Ireland over the centuries, the music has spread even further.
  - Byron A. Nilsson

From Celtic Wanderers [DOR-93213]
Performed by Altramar Medieval Music Ensemble
1   Ductu Angelico • Trinity College Dublin, MS 79 (15c)     2:19
2   O mirum admirandum • Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)     2:28

From The Mad Buckgoat [DOR-90279]
Performed by The Baltimore Consort
3   Bugga Fee Hoosa • William Forde Collection, c.1840-50     4:00
4   Girls, Have You Seen George? • Edward Bunting, Ancient Irish Music, 1796     2:53
5   Toss the Feathers • Stanford/Petrie, Irish Music, 1902     1:09
6   The Fairy Dance • P.W. Joyce Old Irish Folk Music, 1909     1:20

From Walking Stones [DOR-90248]
Performed by Ken Kolodner, Laura Risk and Robin Bullock
7   The Green Gates • Trad. Irish     1:41
8   Tam Lin • Davey Arthur (Irish)     1:41
9   The Silver Spire • Trad. Irish     1:22

From The Mystic and the Muse [DOR-90247]
Performed by Ensemble Galilei
10 Cuimhne an Phiobaire (Trad. Irish Air)/The Misty Maids of Galway/The Absent Minded Woman (Trad. Irish Reels)     3:19

From Dragon Reels [DOR-93238]
Performed by Roger Landes & Connie Dover, et al.
11 The Devil and the Farmer's Wife     4:36

From Horizons [DIS-80103]
Performed by Helicon
12 The Dawn/McGovern's/Piper on Horseback (Trad. Irish)/Bay of Fundy/Stoney Point (Trad. American)     6:14

From The Blossom and the Rain [DOR-90273]
Performed by Carol Thompson, Celtic Harp
13 Lament for Owen Rua • Trad. Irish     3:37

From Reel of Tulloch [DOR-90291]
Performed by Chatham Baroque & Chris Norman, Wooden Flute
Kelly Set • (Arr. C. Norman)
14 Mild Mabel Kelly • Turlough O'Carolan     2:14
15 Daniel Kelly • O'Carolan     2:12
16 Castle Kelly • Trad.     1:05
17 Captain Kelly • Trad.     1:17

From Lullaby Journey [DOR-90232]
Performed by Custer LaRue, Soprano & Chris Norman, Wooden Flute
18 Lovely Willy • Trad. Irish     5:14

From A Roof for the Rain [DOR-90295]
Performed by Greenfire
19 Sandy's Dilemna (Laura Risk, U.S.)/Coalminer's (Ireland)/Monaghan Twig (Ireland)     3:31

From Dragon Reels [DOR-93238]
Performed by Roger Landes, John Whelan, Zan McLeod, et al.
20 Guitar Reels     4:20

From The Mad Buckgoat [DOR-90279]
21 Yonder, Westwards, is the Road She Went • J. & W. Neal, Celebrated Irish Tunes, 1724     3:43

From Carolan's Welcome [DOR-90176]
Performed by Carol Thompson, Billy McComiskey & Darcy Fair
22 Carolan's Welcome     3:35
23 Continental Waltz in D Major     5:53

From Walking Stones [DOR-90248]
24 The Rakes of Kildare • Trad. Irish     1:34
25 The Mist Covered Mountain • Junior Crehan (Irish)     1:01
26 Lad O'Bierne's • Lad O'Bierne (Irish)     1:28

                Total Program Length: 73:37

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