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Traditional Irish music & Song


Traditional Irish music & Song

The playing of Traditional Irish music and Song on Mountain Dulcimer

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Cad é sin don té sin? (Amhrán) 20 Replies

Cad é sin don té sin? is a very simple song from the Donegal Gaeltacht. The character in the song wants to live his life as he pleases, without any interference from anyone. First heard this song…Continue

Started by Val Hughes. Last reply by Brian G. Aug 10.

Pretty Maid Milking her Cow 10 Replies

I'm working out this song but the refrain is in Gailic and I'd like to know what it means, and how to pronounce it. Anyone know any background on this song as well.  I've heard several…Continue

Started by Janene Millen. Last reply by Janene Millen Aug 9.

Cold Frosty Morning, Skibbereen, The Foggy Dew, etc, etc.......... 21 Replies

I'll readily admit to being a person that is enthralled with history. I give much credit to a very special Teacher I had in High School.  As a result, since discovering the dulcimer, history and my…Continue

Started by Carrie Barnes. Last reply by Jan Potts Jun 14.

Looking for tab for Morrisons Jig 3 Replies

Does anyone have Morrisons Jig? I am looking for an intermediate version.Continue

Started by Kathy L. Davanzo. Last reply by Kathy L. Davanzo Apr 4.

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Comment by Toni Dufficy yesterday

Thank you Val! I am a total beginner and am excited to learn more about mountain dulcimer and playing irish trad music.

Comment by Val Hughes on Wednesday

And a big welcome to you too Dot.

Comment by Val Hughes on Wednesday

Welcome to the Irish group Toni.

Comment by KJ Rodrigues on August 8, 2014 at 2:28am
Thank you for the acceptance. I have been a fan of Irish music for a really long time.
Comment by Val Hughes on August 7, 2014 at 4:21pm

Very welcome to the Irish group Robbie. I've been playing a Sobell since the mid 70's originally 6 strings but play it as a 3 string. Rosewood back and sides, tapered body, love it.

Comment by Val Hughes on July 16, 2014 at 11:35am

The Rocks of Bawn, the seizure of 11,000,000 acres of good land from Irish landowners to reward the officers and men of Cromwell's army, by the Act of Satisfaction in 1653, sent many Irish men and women to starve on the rocky pastures of Connacht. It was said of the barren ,eroded landscape of the west that it was not possible to grow enough flax there to make a rope to hang a man, or find enough wood to make his coffin, or enough earth to bury him. Excellent recordings John P, lovely tunes and very nicely played.  My oldest son is holidaying in Fair London Town at the moment, tall dark good looking chap, if you bump into him buy him an owl pint.

Comment by john p on July 16, 2014 at 9:55am

Thanks all.

JH - That'll be the London Transport effect = wait all day ... and two come along at once (I do requests, you know).

Dave - I'd heard it was about people being displaced to the less fertile fringes.
Strangely, exactly the same thing occured in reverse when the Gaeltacht areas were set up in the 30's and people from the West Coast were moved back to Meath. I used to visit friends in Navan in the 90's and there was still resentment among the locals over the loss of jobs, the best land, etc.

Steve - I'd recommend you have a go at Taims N'arrears, lot to be learnt about noting and strumming in there.

Comment by Steve Battarbee on July 16, 2014 at 8:43am
Goodstuff Keep em coming JP!
Comment by John Henry on July 16, 2014 at 5:46am

Enjoyed  'em both john, wish you posted more often !


Comment by Dave Ismay on July 16, 2014 at 5:11am

JP I knew I had a note somewhere.

Have  you ever come across this info ?

Dominic Behan reports that the author was Martin Swiney, who may well be the Sweeney referred to in the ballad. The "rocks of bawn" may refer to the white rocks of western Ireland [bawn=ban (Gaelic for white)] where Catholic landowners and farmers, dispossessed of their fertile farm lands in Meath by Oliver Cromwell in the seventeenth century, were forced to settle.


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