This month my special guest Robin James Hurt and I explore The Wild Mountain Thyme or Go Lassie Go.
And you get to hear Robin James Hurt‘s studio version and a live singalong version from myself and Helena Byrne. The melody we couldn’t quite remember the name of was The Three Carls of Buchanan. We mention Brendan Hickey who has a website and podcast show called sráidbhaile of unique recordings that goes out regularly.
Here’s a version of a song from my Whorls album, recorded last Saturday at the Live Stream Concert, in which I turned W.B. Yeats poems into songs. Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to what this is about! It was part of a show with Everlasting Voices, which went to Tokyo and Hyderabad, India. Both of those trips were extraordinary for me and great experiences. Have you a favourite Yeats poem that I mightn’t know of? Here’s the poem.
MY mother dandled me and sang,
‘How young it is, how young! ‘
And made a golden cradle
That on a willow swung.
‘He went away,’ my mother sang,
‘When I was brought to bed,’
And all the while her needle pulled
The gold and silver thread.
She pulled the thread and bit the thread
And made a golden gown,
And wept because she had dreamt that I
Was born to wear a crown.
‘When she was got,’ my mother sang,
I heard a sea-mew cry,
And saw a flake of the yellow foam
That dropped upon my thigh.’
How therefore could she help but braid
The gold into my hair,
And dream that I should carry
The golden top of care?
So seo hé an chéad amhrán sa sraith físeán Youtube Original Song Mondays atá i ngaeilge agus is ceann de na hamhráin a bheis ar m’albaim úr nuair a bheidh sé criochnaithe agam. Feicim daoine ag imeacht leo go tírthe eile agus feicim daoine eile ag teacht go hÉireann. Sílim gurbh é siúd a spreag an t-amhrán seo.
Here’s the first but by no means the last of my Irish language songs in my Original Song Mondays series on Youtube and it’ll be one of the songs on my new album when I get it finished. It translates as Torn pockets or Holey Pockets. I see people leaving for other countries and people coming to Ireland and I suppose that’s what inspired this song.
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