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6. Miss Murphy - An Irish tune arranged for harp trio by Nancy Hurrell. Written by the famous blind harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) for an unknown patron. Many of Carolan's songs have words in Irish (Gaelic), though this one does not. Irish is still spoken, especially in the West of Ireland, and is closely related to (Scots) Gaelic and Manx.

7. Danny Boy - A lament. Also known as Londonderry Aire.

8. Galician Medley - Galicia is the North West penninsula of Spain. Though not officially a Celtic country, there is still heavy Celtic influence there in the music and culture. Many linguists argue that the Celtic elements of the language of Galicia are what influenced Portugal, directly its South, and differentiated it from Castillian Spanish. Even the name "Galicia" is linguistically similar to "Gal/Gaul/Celt". Galician is a Romance Language (derived from Latin/Rome) spoken by the inhabitants of Galicia today. The two tunes here, arranged by Thom Dutton (acquired courtesy of Andras Corban Arthen) are "Tu, gitana" and "Aotearoa". The first is sung by a man (presumably) to a gypsy fortune teller and asks her to foretell what may become of him in his upcoming adventure. The second is a Galician tune, but the name is the native Maori name for New Zealand. One must assume that it was composed by Gallegos visiting that part of the world.

The last four tunes on the CD are all from Scotland, and are arranged for harp by Nancy Hurrell. Scotland, of course, is home to the Scots Gaelic language, related to Irish (Gaelic) and Manx.

9. Braes of Locheil - A haunting Gaelic love song.

I shall go, why should I not?
To the pasture of the cows where a girl sings sweetly,
To the Braes of Locheil where the deer is belling…


10. Ca' the Yowes - (Call/Drive the ewes to the knolls) A poem by Robert Burns set to beautiful, haunting music. Thom Dutton, tenor.

11. Aran Boat Song - The origins of this song are uncertain, and is said to come from the Scottish Isle of Arran or the Isles of Aran. Boat songs were often used to set the pace while rowing or traveling. Though with this song, getting lost in a daydream is much more likely than rowing across a channel!

12. June Apple - This is a fun reel (dance tune) that ends all of our concerts.

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