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Pilgrim Celtic Harp Trio
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1. Cornish Medley - This consists of three traditional Cornish tunes: "The Pretty Maid," "Trelawny," and "The Seige of Malo." Arranged for harp trio by Thom Dutton.
Cornwall comprises the South West penninsula of Britain, and is sometimes mistakenly labeled as part of England. The Cornish language is related to Welsh and Breton, and more distantly to the other Celtic languages. While Cornish seemed to have died as a language, the 20th century has seen a strong revival among those hoping to preserve the language and the culture.

2. Suo Gân - This is a traditional Welsh lullaby, and in fact, the title means "lullaby". Arranged for harp trio by Nancy Hurrell, and used by kind permission. Welsh is the native language of Wales, a small country on the West coast of the isle of Britain, across the Celtic Sea from Ireland. The Welsh language is closely related to Breton and Cornish, is spoken daily by many thousands of people, and in fact, is showing signs of growth in number of speakers. Welsh, along with English, are the official languages of Wales.

3. Welsh Memories - This arrangement by Shari Pack includes the well-known tunes "Ash Grove," "Bells of Aberdovey," and "All Through the Night."

4. Breton Medley - Arranged for harp by Thom Dutton, includes four traditional tunes from Brittany: "Penn-Herez Keroulaz," (The Heiress of Keroulaz) "Triste Menage," (The Sad Family) "Danse des Avocats," (Dance of the Lawyers) and "A Paris Y'a Une Dame" (In Paris there is a Woman). Brittany is the North West penninsula of France, just South of Cornwall. In fact, Breton and Cornish, as well as Welsh, are closely related languages. The Breton language has been undergoing a strong revival for decades now, however it is the only living Celtic language that does not enjoy the status of official language in its region. Much of the revival is due to the efforts of the Breton harper Alan Stivell.

5. Manx Medley - Arranged for harp by Charles Guard. We have taken two of the tunes in Mr Guard's "Manx Music for the Irish Harp" book, and with his permission, connected them. They are "The Flitter Dance" and "Lhigey, Lhigey." According to his notes, "The Flitter Dance" was a traditional dance performed on Good Friday at the shore. "Lhigey, Lhigey" means "galloping" off to market and courting the girls there. Many will recognize the similiarities between "Lhigey, Lhigey" and the traditional Irish tune "The Rakes of Mallow". Here, "rake" is used in the sense of "A fashionable or stylish man of dissolute or promiscuous habits." (Oxford English Dictionary Online). One can surmise what the intentions were when seeking women to court at market!

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