an Fili Draighean
A good traditional arrangement for this time of year - the approach of Samhain. Like many folk songs, it bares enough imagery to satisfy a beautiful lament for the ancestors and here I have replaced young Dennis and John with Declan and Sean. No doubt they were child fatalities or boys gone to war. A song for the untimely departed too. Blessed be.
Around the time of Cuchullain, the Ollamh of Ulster dies. Meanwhile, his son studying in Scotland learns about his father's death from the sound of the waves and decides that he is ready to replace his father and must return to Emhain Macha at once. He first meets Bricrew and is tricked into taking an already filled seat by a more than suitable candidate. Bricrew goes to tell the new Ollamh he is usurped by some young upstart. Furious, the Ollamh goes to the Royal Hall to confront the youngster, but upon seeing him decides to approach him with civility and so begins a song into which the young Ollamh must follow protocol.
Always said to be Ireland's oldest poem in terms of literature - it is clearly a song whose tune is perhaps lost forever, until such a time it can be fully restored. This may be a vain attempt on my part, but I have not come across anyone singing it on the web. Back to the time when singing could halt a war, as it is said Amerghin achieved when a mighty Druid war was being waged between the Tuatha De Dannann and the Sons of Mil to make the weather wild enough to prevent the Milesians from making landfall.
In ancient times, people sang more. To each other. Life was a musical! Well, maybe not to go that far, but life was more lyrical. A bard arrives and people want to learn the new song, especially if it had useful or exciting information contained within. Here's what to do when preparing next years hearth. When to cut a tree for firewood and how they burn.
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Song archeology and bardic notions from the past to the present. Some ancient poetry is included and educational videos made in Craggaunowen, Co. Clare for school projects.