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Hazel Grove

by Sue Richards

Presents richly textured chamber-ensemble arrangements of traditional Irish tunes for Celtic harp, featuring special guests from fiddle to accordion.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick
3:04 $0.99
2. The Musical Priest / Miss Ratray
3:31 $0.99
3. Miss Murphy
3:13 $0.99
4. Brian Boru / Halting March / the King of Laois
7:23 $0.99
5. Miss Abbott
3:20 $0.99
6. Leaving Port Askaig / Murray Shoolbraid of Saltspring / East Nec
4:22 $0.99
7. Da Day Dawn
2:43 $0.99
8. The Emigrant's Farewell
4:52 $0.99
9. Go to the Window
5:01 $0.99
10. Morfa Rhuddlan
2:26 $0.99
11. Banjo Breakdown
2:28 $0.99
12. Tip O'Neill / Washington Hornpipe
4:02 $0.99
13. Miss Rowe /Miss Noble
4:38 $0.99
14. Lament for Caire an Easa / the Hazel Grove
4:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
The evocative power of the Celtic harp has no greater genius than Sue Richards who was called "one of America's brightest stars" by folk & world music magazine DIRTY LINEN. A 4-time National Scottish harp champion, teacher and adjudicator in harp competitions nationwide, and member of Ceoltoiri Celtic Ensemble & Ensemble Galilei. "Richards brings more than precision... her graceful touch gives an appealing buoyancy... the chamber-like intimacy and sonorities are preserved and further heighten the color, pulse and emotion of these now lively, now haunting refrains." The Washington Post. Her solo recordings on the Maggie's Music label are: Grey Eyed Morn, Hazel Grove, and
Morning Aire, which won the coveted Wammie Award for "Album of the Year." With Ceoltoiri she recorded Women of Ireland, Silver Apples of the Moon and Celtic Lace, and with Ensemble Galilei she recorded Music in the Great Hall,
Ancient Noels, and A Winters Night. (More CDs:She joins Maggie Sansone, hammered dulcimer virtuoso on Christmas CDS: Sounds of the Season and Sounds of the Season II and Celtic CDs:Traditions and Mist & Stone.

From the CD Booklet:
1. Lament for Coire an Easa /The Hazel Grove
Celtic harp
The first notes of this set suggest the sound of hazel nuts dropping into a magic pool. Enchantment ensues, as described in R.S. Gary's poem (read ahead!). This poem inspired me to compose the second tune of the set.

2. O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick
Celtic harp
An Irish 9/8 (or slip) jig, this appeared in a pocket tutor for the pipes by O'Farrell in 1800. It was also in the Stanford edition of the Petrie collection.

3. The Emigrant's Farewell
Celtic harp, button accordian, recorder
Taken from the lovely singing of Eithne Ni Uillachain of the Irish group, La Lugh. The words to this haunting air speak of the sorrow of parting as one leaves for the New World.

4. Miss Murphy
Celtic harp, viola da gamba
A lively piece by Turlough O'Carolan, a blind harper active in 18th century Ireland. This piece reflects the modern influences of continental European music that were sparking great changes in the Irish harp repertoire during O'Carolan's lifetime.

5. The Musical Priest/ Miss Ratray
Celtic harp, button accordian
I learned this reel at a slow tempo and found, to my surprise, that it lost its charm when pushed up to speed. I play it here as a "slow reel." I learned (or "had," as Irish musicians would say) the second tune from Baltimore piper Paul Levin, who probably had it from an old recording by piper Paddy O'Brien.

6. Bi Falbh o'n Uinneig (Go From the Window)
Celtic harp, viola da gamba, fiddle
This is an old Scottish song in which a young woman warns her lover to flee, perhaps from the "press gangs" who abducted young men for the army. The basic string arrangement is by I.T. MacDhonnchaidh.

7. Leaving Port Askaig/ Murray Shoolbraid of Saltspring/ East Neuk of Fife/ Torryburn Lasses
Celtic harp, fiddle, piano
While it is mandatory for Scottish fiddlers to play a march/strathspey/reel set in competition, harpers rarely do. This is my argument that we should.

The first tune is a 6/8 march by the prolific composer and pipe major, Willie Ross. Fans may recognize him as the man who wrote "Leaving St. Kilda" on my first album.

Murray Shoolbraid is a musician and Scottish historian living in the Vancouver, B.C. area of Canada. He has supplied much valuable information for my past two albums. This tune was composed as a tribute to him from his band mate, Keith Malcolm of the Barley Bree Country Dance Band.

"East Neuk of Fife" and "Torryburn Lasses" are Scottish reels.

8. Miss Abbott
Celtic harp, classical guitar
I wrote this waltz for my Scots-Irish mother, Ruth Abbott. In addition to harp lessons, she gave me her love of music, art, and sunsets. Thanks, Mom!

9. Da Day Dawn
Celtic harp
This aire is from the Shetland Islands and describes the exquisite beginning of daylight as seen by the fishermen.

10. Brian Boru/ Halting March (Pikeman's March) / The King of Laois.
Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, flute, pennywhistle, bodhran
The first here is a popular and haunting march named for the high king of Ireland in the 11th century. The tune commemorates the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. Ireland was successfully defended from the Vikings, but Boru was killed. I play it as a lament. The second is a rousing northern Irish march used to drill the pikemen as they prepare for battle. The third tune is peaceful and dignified, and always makes me wish I'd met the good king of one of Ireland's counties.

11. Tip O'Neill / Washington Hornpipe
Celtic harp, button accordian, bodhran

12. Elizabeth McDermott Rowe/ Miss Noble
Celtic harp, viola da gamba
I've given the first of these O'Carolan tunes a stark and dignified arrangement which is reminiscent of the older harp music of Ireland. The tunes memorialize two of the composer's patrons. The McDermott Rowe clan employed the O'Carolan family, and saw that young Turlough was taught the harp when he was blinded from smallpox at age 18. Elizabeth is most likely a member of that family. Miss Noble is probably from the Noble family of County Tyrone or Fermanagh.

13. Banjo Breakdown
Celtic harp, Scottish snare drum
This popular jig is from the highland pipe repertoire of Scotland.

14. Morfa Rhuddlan (Rhuddlan Marsh)
Celtic harp, flute, piano
Here are three versions of a lovely Welsh waltz. The first two, from different areas of Wales, are taken from the "Pocket Tune-Book" collections by Welsh harpist Robin Huw Bowen. Never happy to leave well enough alone, I combined the two in a third version, thus confusing myself and anyone else who wants to perform it in the future



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