The first tune was recorded a number of years ago by Belfast flute-players Harry Bradley and Michael Clarkson. In the inlay notes to their “The Pleasures of Hope” album, mention is made that according to flute-player Séamus Tansey, the tune “was employed for an unusual funeral rite performed in the countryside around his native Gurteen”. During the waking process, a number of hardy dancers would lift the body of the deceased and dance it around the room for one last time, usually to the backdrop of this tune. The second and fourth tunes are compositions of fiddlers Junior Crehan and James Kelly respectively, while Paddy Breen’s comes from the playing of Michael Tubridy, appearing in “Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3”.
I Have a House of My Own with a Chimney Built on the Top of It - composed by Junior Crehan
The Bird's Call - composed by James Kelly
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