CD A0335: Music from Ireland and Scotland

Music from Ireland & Scotland
by Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson

CD coverThis recording features of variety of Irish and Scottish airs and dance tunes, some dating back to the 17th and 18th century harp repertoire as well as recent compositions, performed on harps, concertina, whistle and bouzouki.

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Gráinne Hambly: profile & list of sheet music and recordings available from Creighton's Collection
William Jackson: profile & list of sheet music and recordings available from Creighton's Collection

Audio Samples & Track Listings

The New Harp
1.  Eibhli Gheal Chiuin Ni Chearbhaill (Fair Gentle Eily) (AIR)
2.  Da Thabh Air An Fharaidh (Two Spoon Nets in the Loft) / Da Foostra (Reels)
3.  Mull Of The Mountains / Drummond Castle (Air/Jig)
4.  Cam Ye By Atholl? / Eliza Ross's / A'chubhag (The Cuckoo) (Air/Reels)
5.  Lady Keith's Lament/ Breton Gavotte
6.  Dermot O'Dowd (Air)
7.  Sporting Nell/ The Hairy-Chested Frog (Reels)
8.  MacCrimmon's Lament/Brosna Slide
9.  Appomattox (Air)
10.  Ge Do Theid Mi Do M'Leabaidh (Though I go to my Bed, Little Does Sleep Come to Me) /
       Drunk At Night And Dry In The Morning (Ai r/ Scottish Dance)
11.  Celia Connellan / The Rectory Reel (Harp Piece / Reel)
12.  Aoibhneas Eilis Ui Cheallaigh (Elizabeth Kelly's Favourite) (Slip Jig)

CD Notes & Credits

CD Notes

Grainne Hambly - Irish Harp and Concertina
William Jackson - Scottish Harp , Wire Strung Harp, Whistle, Bouzouki and Laud.

1.  Eibhli Gheal Chiuin Ni Chearbhaill  (Fair Gentle Eily O'Carroll) (AIR)
This tune was collected by Edward Bunting from the harper James Duncan of County Down. In his 1809 publication A General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland, Bunting set 'Lord Ullin's Daughter', by the Scottish poet Thomas Campbell, to this melody. The original Irish words are thought to have been written by the poet Seamus Dall MacCuarta in the late 17th century, and the melody was possibly composed by harper and poet Patrick MacAlindon (c1666-1733).

2.  Da Thabh Air An Fharaidh (Two Spoon Nets in the Loft) / Da Foostra (Reels)
We learned the first tune from the puirt a beul ('mouth music)
singing of Mairi MacInnes. It originally came from the piping tradition of South Uist. The second reel comes from the Shetland Islands fiddle tradition.

3.  Mull Of The Mountains/ Drummond Castle (Air/Jig)
The first tune is a pipe air. Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebridies.
Drummond Castle, near Crieff in Perthshire, was built in the 15th century and is famous for its gardens, which date from the 17th century. This jig first appeared in print in Niel Gow's A second Collection of Strathspey Reels etc.(Edinburgh, 1795)

4.  Cam Ye By Atholl? / Eliza Ross's / A'chubhag (The Cuckoo) (Air/Reels)
The melody of 'Cam Y By Atholl?' was composed by Niel Gow Junior (1795-1823) and set with words by the poet James Hogg. The song refers to the Jacobite Uprising of 1745/46 which ended at the Battle of Culloden. It was first published in The Border Garland, a pamphlet of nine songs issued in 1819. This tune is also played as a march in Ireland, called 'Bonnie Prince Charlie'.
We learned the following two reels from the playing of piper Iain MacInnes. They can be heard on his recording Tryst (1999). The first is actually an unnamed reel which came from the Eliza Ross (or Lady d'Oyley) manuscript. This manuscript was compiled on the Isle of Raasay in 1812 and has never been published.

5.  Lady Keith's Lament / Breton Gavotte
'Lady Keith's Lament' was first published under the title 'When the King Comes O'er the Water' in James Hogg's collection, The Jacobite Relics of Scotland (1819). This song was either composed by or written on behalf of Lady Mary Drummond, who was a strong supporter of the Stuarts. The melody dates back to the 17th century, with versions appearing in a number of collections under various titles. In Ireland the tune is closely associated with the Battle of the Boyne, which took place in 1690 between the armies of King William III and King James II. The melody was used by supporters on both sides - for the song 'The Boyne Water' by the Williamites and 'Rose Catha na Mumhan' ('The Battle Cry of Munster') by the Jacobites. Both songs are still widely performed today.
The second tune is a traditional Breton gavotte  popularised by the playing of both harper Alan Stivell and guitarist Pierre Bensusan in the 1970's.

6.  Dermot O'Dowd (Air)
This tune was published by Edward Bunting in both his 1796 and 1809 collections. William starts this piece with an improvisation on the melody.

7.  Sporting Nell / The Hairy-Chested Frog (Reels)
The Hairy-Chested Frog comp. Bobby Casey, arr Hambly/Jackson. The first reel is associated with the well-known concertina player Mrs. Elizabeth Crotty from County Clare. She called the tune 'Geary's Reel'.
The second tune was composed by the Clare fiddle player Bobby Casey. This version came from a recording made at the Willie Clancy Week in Miltown Malbay in 1986.

8.  MacCrimmon's Lament / Brosna Slide
'MacCrimmon's Lament' ('Cumha Mhic Criomain') is a famous pipe tune associated with Donald MacCrimmon, who died in the Jacobite Uprising 1745/46. It may have been composed by Donald himself or by his sister. The MacCrimmons were a famous piping family, and hereditary pipers to Clan MacLeod of Dunvegan, Isle of Skye. We learned this particular version from a recording of the piper Martyn Bennett.
The second tune is a slide which we learned from a 1970's radio recording of the Brosna Ceili Band from County Kerry. It is associated with local musicians Jack Cahill and is known by various titles including 'Cnoc na gClarach' and 'Padraig O'Keefe's Favourite'. Brosna is in Sliabh Luachra, an area particularly associated with the playing of polkas and slides.

9.  Appomattox (Air)
Comp. William Jackson, arr Hambly/Jackson
This composition was inspired by the Thomas Lovell painting The Surrender at Appomattox 1865. Many Irish and Scottish soldiers fought and died on both sides of the American Civil War (1861-65).

10.  Ge Do Theid Mi Do M'Leabaidh (Though I go to my Bed, Little Does Sleep Come to Me)/
       Drunk At Night And Dry In The Morning
(Air/ Scottish Dance)
The first tune appears in Reverend Patrick MacDonald's Collection of Highland Vocal Airs (Edinburgh, 1784), where it is classified as a Perthshire air.
The second tune came from the Niel Gow and Sons publication Part Third of the Complete Repository of Original Scots Tunes; Strathspeys, Jigs and Dances (Edinburgh, 1806). It was popular in various versions throughout the north west of England and Scotland around that time.

11.  Celia Connellan/The Rectory Reel (Harp Piece/Reel)
The Rectory Reel comp. Patrick Davey, arr. Hambly/Jackson
The first piece was composed by the 17th century harper-composer, Thomas Connellan (c. 1640-1720) from Cloonamahon, County Sligo. He is said to have composed over 700 tunes, although only a small number are attributed to him today. His brother William was also a composer. 'Celia Connellan' appears in a number of collections from the late 18th century, but this particular version comes from Bunting's 1840 volume of Ancient Music of Ireland, having been notated from the playing of Leitrim harper Charles Byrne (c 171201810) at the Belfast Harpers' Assembly in 1792.
'The Rectory Reel' was composed in 1995 by uilleann piper Patrick Davey from Belfast, while staying at the Old Rectory in Glencolmcille, County Donegal.

12.  Aoibhneas Eilis Ui Cheallaigh (Elizabeth Kelly's Favourite) (Slip Jig)

This tune was collected by Breandan Breathnach from the County Clare fiddle and concertina player John Kelly (1912-87), and is published in Ceol Rince na hEireann, volume I (1963). John learned the tune from his mother Elizabeth, hence the title which translates as 'Elizabeth Kelly's Delight' or 'Favourite'.



Recorded in North Berwick, June 2009.
Except harp on track 9, recorded at 6YO Studios.
Ornamore, County Galway by Bruno Staehelin, May 2006.
Engineered and mastered by Calum Malcolm.
Graphic Design by Mike Garden @Birnam CD
Photography by Michael Hambly and William Jackson.

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Album Information

Instruments: Celtic Harps some accompaniment
Genre: Traditional / Contemporary Irish / Scottish
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0335
Label: Mill Records
Year: 2009
Origin: EU