Lorna Govier | The Bright Green Bough

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The Bright Green Bough

by Lorna Govier

The Bright Green Bough is a Celtic CD featuring the modern Celtic harp. Irish and Scottish harping on this album keep alive very old harp traditions with a new spin. Lively dance tunes are contrasted with songs and airs along with some new tunes.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Salley Gardens/Spootiskerry
2:56 $0.99
2. Thugamar Fein An Samradh Linn/Planxty George Brabazon
2:58 $0.99
3. The Red Sleigh
2:25 $0.99
4. The Kid On The Mountain
3:19 $0.99
5. Bridget Cruise
2:44 $0.99
6. The Road To Lisdoonvarna/Father O'Flynn/The Foxhunter's Jig
4:16 $0.99
7. The Coolin/The Pleasures Of Hope
4:57 $0.99
8. Si Beag Si More/The Lover's Waltz
3:28 $0.99
9. The Clare Island Boat Song/The Bunch Of Green Rushes/Egan's Polka
5:28 $0.99
10. Hector the Hero (Feat. Gordon Gower)
5:13 $0.99
11. Goreck's Wedding
2:11 $0.99
12. The Castle Of Dromore
4:46 $0.99
13. The Zipper/The Flannel Jacket
2:39 $0.99
14. Una Bhan
3:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
The majority of ancient cultures has a harp of some sort in its history. The Irish and Scottish harping traditions are precious in that they are some of the few very old harp traditions that are very much alive today. Though published music is certainly important, these traditions are most strongly kept alive through direct person - to - person aural learning. From ancient to modern times, the Irish and Scottish cultures have taught the next generation of music lovers their favorite melodies and compositions in this manner.

I have no Irish or Scottish background, but I am drawn to Celtic music as are so many of us from all over the world - not only because it is just really good music, but because it is music that both honors the life of generations before, and encourages the music to evolve and be reinterpreted. And almost magically, these tunes brings people together.

Almost all of the music on this CD is played on Irish and Scottish instruments in homes, pubs, and other meeting places for fun an relaxation, between
friends and family. Though it started in Ireland and Scotland, I like to meet with friends in Tucson to play this music, sharing old and new tunes like sports trading cards.

When I began harp as a kid in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I could find no books of Irish or Scottish traditional dance music arranged on harp in a pleasing way. In fact, I could barely find any books at all on the subject so I thought that this music was just not made for harp. But I tried my best to create that magical feeling on my first harp, which was a Celtic-style harp. I was never happy with the results. So I moved onto classical music on the classical pedal harp (which I also still greatly enjoy) and continued with formal classical training.

After I graduated from college and got married, I moved to New Jersey. At the time, I could not afford my own pedal harp and was faced with what to do with my old Celtic-style harp. This is when I met Kathy DeAngelo and the musical world I'd been hoping to find opened up. Kathy played the music I had been trying to play all of those years before, and it was so much fun to play!

Kathy introduced the New Jersey harp community to aural tradition Irish and Scottish harp music as well as a many great visiting traditional Celtic harpers such as Grainne Hambly, Michael Rooney and Maire Ni Chathasaigh. She also introduced the harp community to session playing - playing the harp with other Celtic musicians.

Session playing is difficult with harp. The harp has a quiet voice, and it is difficult to be heard and still keep up melody tempo. So, the music I play on this CD is inspired by many a Celtic session though it does not include the other session musicians for the most part. The tunes on harp are an approximation of what an entire session sounds like on my own as a solo. It is a light, ethereal version, which I think is just lovely.

I am honored with the opportunity to share this music with you.



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