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Dermot Rafferty, Emily Rafferty & Seamus Sands | The Green Bunch of Joy

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The Green Bunch of Joy

by Dermot Rafferty, Emily Rafferty & Seamus Sands

A collection of traditional marches, dances, jigs, reels, harp airs and laments from Ulster, many of which have never been recorded before.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. McKenna's Reel
Dermot Rafferty
2:16 album only
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2. Henry Savage's Barn-Dances
Dermot Rafferty & Seamus Sands
3:08 album only
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3. Paddy Rafferty's Jig
Dermot Rafferty
2:43 album only
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4. The Rocks of Pleasure / I'll Follow You Over the Mountain (Air)
Dermot Rafferty
4:33 album only
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5. The Boyne Water / The White Cockade (Marches)
Dermot Rafferty & Seamus Sands
2:55 album only
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6. The Scotch Grove/Toss the Feathers / The Dictates of Love (Reels)
Seamus Sands
2:49 album only
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7. Carey's / If Ever I Marry (Jigs)
Dermot Rafferty
2:08 album only
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8. Irish Cry (Funeral Lament)
Dermot Rafferty
4:04 album only
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9. Lord Kelly's / The Blacksmith's Daughter (Reels)
Dermot Rafferty
2:21 album only
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10. Madame Bonaparte's / The Sweets of May (Dances)
Dermot Rafferty
3:53 album only
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11. The Wild Geese (Air)
Seamus Sands
5:42 album only
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12. The Downfall / The Cottage in the Grove (Reels)
Dermot Rafferty
2:32 album only
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13. Betty Black (Dance)
Dermot Rafferty & Seamus Sands
2:09 album only
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14. The Dawning of Day / Patrick's Day (Marches)
Dermot Rafferty & Emily Rafferty
1:43 album only
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15. Green Bunch of Joy / The Fife Reel / Scotch Mary (Reels)
Dermot Rafferty
2:45 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

The counties of Armagh and Down have a rich cultural and musical history with strong harp, fiddle and flute traditions. The “Green Bunch of Joy” (which refers to the instrument bag carried by musicians) draws together tunes and airs which were popular in the area at one time, although some have now fallen into neglect over the passing years. I was fortunate enough to learn the music from my uncles and family when growing up and to have a musical connection to my grandfather Henry, his own father Henry and his grandfather Hugh before him who all played the fiddle.

This collection draws on music that I had heard locally and from a number of other sources including the collections of Patrick McGahon and Luke Donnellan, Edward Bunting and from local flute band music. Given the preponderance of the fiddle in my family and the strong influence of the instrument on many of these tunes, I am joined here by Seamus Sands, a great fiddler from a long line of fiddle players and whom I have known since childhood when growing up in Newry. He brings a special sensitivity, rhythm and understanding to the music. We are latter day “Wild Geese”, having moved away from the area many years ago, so it was a delight to catch up with Seamus and play together once more. My daughter Emily is also a fluter and joins me on the final track where she plays a Bb band flute.

I recorded these tracks at home which is where I have played most of my music over the years s and which provided an appropriately relaxed and informal setting. We play these tunes without backing or accompaniment as was customary with many older players. The five tracks that Seamus performs on were also recorded in his house in Cork over a long and joyous weekend of music-making.

This music connects us with the hopes, and disappointments, sorrows and joys of those who are gone but who live again when we play their tunes. Our aim is not to re-create the past but to celebrate it and hopefully to bring alive some old tunes and pass them on in the hope that others can enjoy them too.

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