Abby Green

Abby Green: Abby Green

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Artist: Abby Green

Artist: Abby Green
Title: Abby Green

1. I have heard this song with different melodies and some very creative arrangements. Cathy Ryan does her version with English bits. Altan does a version with a completely different melody. I've always loved this song. Years ago, I was thrilled to find it written out for a beginner Irish language learner. I have since performed this song with bodhran player, Jeff Moore and completely a cappella many many times. I added my octave mandolin, some creative chords and rhythms and twisted the melody to suit me. I hope you like it! Beidh aonach amárach i gContae an Chláir, Cén mhaith dom é, ní bheidh mé ann! Curfá: A mháthairín, a' ligfidh tú chun aonaigh mé? A mhuirnín ó, ná héiligh é! Níl tú a deich ná a haon déag fós. Nuair a bheas tú trí déag beidh tú mór. Táimse i ngrá le gréasaí bróg, Mur' bhfaigh' me é ní bheidh mé beo! B'fhearr liom féin mo ghréasaí bróg, Ná oif'geach airm le lásaí óir! There is a fair tomorrow in County Clair. What good is it, I won't be there! Chorus: Mother, will you let me go alone? Darling, don't complain about it. You're not ten or eleven yet. When you're thirteen, you will be big enough. I'm in love with a shoemaker. If I can't have him, I won't live. I prefer my shoemaker To an army captain with gold laces. 2. The first time I heard this song was on EJ Jones' solo album, The Willow. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful melody and thought, 'This song HAS to have words.' I consulted the interwebs and found that, indeed, the song did have words. Finally, six years later, I am singing that song. As a special treat, EJ has added his musical touch to this track. October winds lament around the castle of Dromore Yet peace is in her lofty halls, a pháiste bán a stor Though autumn leaves may droop and die, a bud of spring are you Hushabye loo, low loo, low lan, hushabye loo, low loo Dread spirits all of black water, Clan Owen's wild banshee Bring no ill wind to him nor us, my helpless babe and me Holy Mary pity us to Heaven for grace doth 'sue Take time to thrive, my ray of hope, in the garden of Dromore Take heed, young eaglet, till thy wings are feathered fit to soar A little rest and then the world is full of work to do 3. What Irish based CD could be called truly Irish without some sort of song about a girl with Sunday drinking routine? The Great Highland Bagpipes make their appearance on this song with a traditional Scottish tune (if you know the name of the tune, let me know :-)). In Scartaglenn there lived a lass and every Sunday after mass She would go and take a glass before going home to Bearna We won't go home along the road for fear that you might act the rogue We won't go home along the road, but we'll go home to Bearna We won't go home across the fields the big thornines could stick in your heels We won't go home across the fields, but we'll go home to Bearna We won't go home around the glen for fear your blood might rise again We won't go home around the glen, but we'll go home to Bearna We won't go down the milk boreen the night is bright we might be seen We won't go down the milk boreen, but we'll go home to Bearna We won't go home across the bog for fear we might meet Kearney's dog We won't go home across the bog, but we'll go home to Bearna 4. This is the first song in Irish Gaelic that I learned. It is the beautiful lullaby you might recognize if you saw the movie The Secret of Roan Inish. The song lists all the birds that go to sleep. I am a bird watcher. With this song, I learned 8 bird names in Irish! I have been honored to sing this live with fellow singer, Ceridwyn Mizera and amazing fiddler, Michelle Levy. On the CD, you will hear EJ Jones on flute. My greatest hope is that this track will do what a lullaby is meant to do - put you to sleep! Éiníní, éiníní, codalaígí, codalaígí. Curfá: Codalaígí, codalaígí, cois an chlaí amuigh. An londubh is an fiach dubh, téigí a chodladh, an chéirseach is an préachan, téigí a chodladh. An spideog is an fhuiseog, téigí a chodladh, an dreoilín is an smóilín, téigí a chodladh. Little birds, little birds, all sleep, all sleep. Chorus: All sleep, all sleep, by the wall outside. The blackbird and the raven, go to sleep, the female blackbird and the crow, go to sleep. The robin and the lark, go to sleep, the wren and the thrush, go to sleep. 5. Which one of these is not like the other???? OK, so this is the only song on the CD that isn't Irish, or even Scottish, or even Celtic in any way. I hope you enjoy it anyway! I got my true start in folk style performance with Istanpitta. The music we perform is Medieval. There are elements that I draw from my classical training but there is also a very earthy quality that I think attracts a wide audience into an otherwise undiscovered genre. This song is one of my all time favorite songs that I learned working with Istanpitta. It is a medieval French song by Guillaume de Machaut. If you have any interest in medieval music, you won't go wrong exploring his body of work. He was a man ahead of his time in my opinion. An amazing recorder player, Annette Bauer, brought the song to full glory one weekend when she added to the vocal line in a way I really can't explain except to say that it drew me into a place to perform the song with a full and completely open heart. I always return to that experience when I sing this song. I wish I could have had Annette play on this recording, but I did my best to capture the feeling in a solo setting. Quant je sui mis au retour, De veoir ma dame, Il n'est peinne ne dolour, Que j'aie par m'ame. Dieus! C'est drois Que je l'aim sans blame De loial amour. Sa biauté, sa grant doucour, D'amoureuse flame, Par souvenir nuit et jour, M'esprent et enflame. Et quant sa haute valour, Mon fin cuer entame, Servir la weil sans folour, Penser ne diffame. When I return to see my lady, I feel neither pain nor sorrow, by my soul. Heavens, it's only right, That I should adore her without blame, And with faithful love. Her beauty and great charm arouses and inflames me night and day with passion. And if in her great courage she should accept my sincere love, I will serve her without deceit without infamous thoughts. 6. This set of slip jigs begins with a traditional Irish tune (if you know the name, let me know). Then it jumps immediately into a song called Nead Na Lachan, or if you're a session instrumentalist, you may recognize the tune as The Foxhunter's Jig. I learned this song from a harpist and singer, Caera Aislingeach. She put together a book and CD of children's songs in Irish. I haven't actually colored any of the pictures, but I have learned several of the songs. The beautiful Scottish Smallpipes you hear are made and played by EJ Jones. Nead na lachan sa mhúta 's cuirfidh mé amach ar an gcuan thú. Béarfaidh mé currach is criú dhuit Ceannóidh mé slat is d'rú dhuit The duck's nest in the moat. And I will send you out in the bay. I will get a canoe and crew for you. I will buy a rod and line for you. 7. I recorded this one rhythmically free and a cappella with the harmonies I have always thought should be there. To me, it feels timeless, airy and somehow infinitely sad with some thread of hope. Bheir mí ó-ró, bhean ó, Tá mé brón ach's tú i m'dhith 'Siomaí oíche fliuch is fuar, Thug mé cuairt is m liom féin, Nó go ráinig mé san áit Mar a raibh grá geal mo chléibh. I mo chláirseach ní raibh ceol, I mo mheoraibh ní raibh brí, Nó gur luigh tú do rún, 'Sfuair mé eolas ar mo dhán. O, woman, I am sad and you are lost to me. Many a wet and cold night I paid a visit myself Until I arrived at the place Where my bright love was. In my harp there was no music, In my fingers there was no strength Until you declared your desire, Did I realize my fate. 8. I like silly girl songs. Songs where the boy is obviously up to whatever boys are up to, but the silly girl just loves him anyway.... She's so sure she will just die without him. There's something very beautiful and fun in that naivety. I enjoy adding a little bit of vocal me

1.1 Beidh Aonach Amárach
1.2 Castle of Dromore
1.3 Home to Bearna
1.4 Éiníní
1.5 Quant Je Sui
1.6 Nead Na Lachan
1.7 Bheir MÍ Ó
1.8 I Know My Love
1.9 TÁ MÉ 'Mo Shuí
1.10 Parting Glass

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