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The Wailing of the Wind and the Sighing of the Sea

by Sharon Kennedy

An album of traditional Irish stories for adults, collected on a trip to Ireland in 1987, accompanied by traditional Irish music on harp and fiddle.
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Visit with Brud Petty: The Fairy Faith
10:11 album only
2. Across the Border
1:35 album only
3. In Armagh with John Campbell: Peter Glooscap
4:30 album only
4. John Campbell: The Year of the Iron Frost
9:27 album only
5. A Visit with Brighid Hannaway: The Cailleach Beora
12:01 album only
6. Across the Years with Seumas McManus: Raftery, The Fiddler
18:49 album only
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Album Notes
About the album

In the summer of 1987 I spent two wonderful months collecting stories in Ireland. Although one folklorist warned me that I wouldn’t find anyone left who could tell the old tales by heart, I had significant help from Sara DeBeer, a storyteller from Connecticut who collected stories in Ireland just before I did. She gave me a list of all of her contacts.. Edmund Lenihan, a young Irish storyteller from Co. Clare, also introduced me to a half dozen storytellers. And by bicycling, walking, and sometimes riding in a mail bus, I found twenty-four seanachies in Counties Clare, Cork, Fermanagh, and Armagh. Many of the storytellers recommended other tellers. For example, Francie Kennelly in Clare told me to go to see John Campbell in Armagh.

All of these people invited me into their houses, put the kettle on, and told me tales. They were gracious and friendly to a fault and I loved them. They loved me because their children and grandchildren were not interested in hearing their stories I asked one man why and he just pointed to the television … Another time I asked Joe Talty of Co. Clare, “then how can you still remember all these stories by heart if you never get a chance to tell them?” His answer made it clear that he knew the value of these stories even if no-one wanted to hear them: “Oh,” he said, “when I’m out in the fields, I tell them over in me mind so I won’t forget them.”

If you are interested in the fairy folk or you like mystical stories, you must have this album. If you like funny stories and are willing to see if the two on here are your kind of funny, I think there's a good chance you'll be pleased. If you want to hear a story about a beautiful young woman and the respect which is not always there for older women, that is a story you will listen to over and over again. You will hear an old woman who speaks truth to power and then some!

About my collaborators

I recorded this album in a studio at Tufts University with an incredible engineer named William Kenlon, who graduated from Tufts in music composition and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Maryland. I have never had anyone record my voice this well. When you listen you will think I am sitting next to you. And I was very lucky when I asked harper Barbara Russell, who used to perform with me all the time, if she could get away for a few days from a full-time job and a husband and daughter in western Massachusetts. She said "yes" without hesitation. Barbara and I had not seen each other in about fifteen years; we rehearsed the stories together as though it had just been about fifteen hours. You will hear a voice and a harp breathing together as one. Barbara has always had an incredible instinct for working with spoken word. She is the one, not I, who decides when and how the harp will wind its way around the words.

For many years I have been a fan of Beth Bahia Cohen's Hungarian, Middle Eastern, Greek, and Irish fiddling. She is a former member of Libana and she travels the world with her fiddle. Originally she traveled to learn these distinct styles, but now increasingly, she travels to help people remember their traditional roots music-or to perform with the traditional bands when they want a very good fiddler. She is the fiddler on this album and on "Raftery, the Fiddler," she is Raftery, "the best fiddler in all Ireland."



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