Dagda's Cauldron (K.McAlea)
Pipes, church organ and some electric guitar crashes.
The Dagda had a magic Cauldron known as "the Undry" from
which none left unsatisfied. He also had a living harp.
When he played this harp the seasons changed ,one
following the other. The Dagda performed many great feats
in the battles against the evil gods, the Formors.
to Dublin(Ashley Reed)
Great fiddle from Ashley.
General Patrick Sarsfeld (Sarsfield), an Irish patriot
fought for the Jacobites at the battle of the Boyne in
The Pursuit of
Diarmuid and Grainne (Ed Deane)
Grainne elopes with Diarmuid Ua Duibhne . cf Tristram and
Isolde, Lancelot and Guinevere .
Nylon string guitar , fiddle whistle and pipes. A double
White Horse of the
Peppers (Ashley Reed/McAlea)
A Jig with Ambient background samples from a Mini Moog and
guitar. Ashley on fiddle
From the Jacobite Irish legends concerning Gerald Pepper,
Patrick Sarsfeld, King James and a White Horse.
Farewell to Alba (K.McAlea)
A slow air on whistle , pipes and fiddle with some piano ,
low drum and picked guitar.
Fields of Blue
Country blues with Ed on guitar, Robin McKidd on fiddle
and Kevin on Uilleann pipes.
The Red Branch
Uilleann pipes and keyboards.
Prehistoric Navan fort near Armagh. Champions of the Red
Branch. Cuchulainn, son of Lugh. The Gaelic Hercules, the
hero of the Ulster cycle. Look him in the face and the
fierce shining is blinding.
the Farshooter (K
Uilleann pipes, low whistle, B Flat whistle, harp.
Lugh, the Lamhfada, Ioldanach, master of all the Arts, the
pan-celtic Apollo. The Milky Way was known as Lugh's
Chain. He had a magic spear so bloodthirsty it had to be
calmed with poppy leaves!
The Castle of
An air featuring concert set Irish Pipes and a B whistle
Celtic goddess famous for her beauty. The mother of
Dylan. The Borealis is Caer Arianrhod in Welsh. Arianrod
(Or Arianrhod) and her three sisters appear in Mallory’s
story of Lancelot falling asleep under an apple tree (from
which unforeseen consequences always follow) and is then
enchanted by the three queens.
The Bull of
Conflict (Ed Deane)
Ed on guitar and Ashley on fiddle. A Hornpipe.
After the Battle of
Pipes, bouzouki, low drum, button accordion, electric
Maigh Tuireadh (Moytura) is the site of two great battles
documented in a 12th century manuscript. The events
described probably took place thousands of years ago.
Pivotal battles between Light and Darkness in Celtic
mythology. Some of these stories are echoes of the arrival
of new peoples on the shores of Ireland, like the
O’Sullivans, descendants of King Milesius of Spain.
Hazel Over the Well
Harp, bouzouki, tabla , low drum, low whistle and Uilleann pipes.
The Dagda's wife was Boann. At the end of their garden was a magic well
where none should go. Betrothed to a God as she was , woman and all,
curiosity got the better of her and she went where none , not even the
God's should go- to the magic well , now Trinity Well. The Salmon of
Knowledge lived there, feeding on the crimson hazelnuts from the nine
hazel trees that hung over the well. The moment she looked upon the
water, they rose up in a great torrent becoming there and then the source
of a river. So it was that the River Boyne came into being.Fionn mac
Cumhail (Finn MacCoul) caught one of the salmon some time later. He
was thus empowered with all knowledge and possessed of supra natural
powers. ...but that's another story....As told in the Book of Leinster.
Pipes and whistles, harp, harpsichord.
Hawk on the Glove
Pipes, low whistle, electric guitar, bouzouki, low drum.
On Saoirse’s gloved hand the hawk waits, still as the
stillest night, as though cast in stone, infinitely
patient, ready to strike at any moment, eye clear,
cloudless, as dew on the morning grass. And Saoirse waits
too, eyes skyward .
Nylon string guitar, fiddle . Crossfades to a reprise with
fiddle and Uilleann pipes.
A reel, Ceilidh style on fiddle and piano.
O'Sullivan looked up and down the length of the bar.
Outside, the hustle of Chicago seemed a long way off. The
goblins, shrieking sprites and air demons have been
following him around all day and all night, and now, right
in his face screaming furiously . O'Sullivan is paying
them no attention whatsoever which surprises him as much
as it does them. Over in the corner a fiddle and piano
strike up a reel, the Chicago Ceilidh.
The Colin Glen Reel
A Reel on whistle and fiddle. Ashley Reed plays fiddle .
Colin Glen in County Antrim is the beautiful glen at the
top of the Glen Road .
Low whistle and pipes.
Across the sea she came from Gaul. Landing in Cobh she
rides a day and a night to meet Saoirse at the exact
midpoint of the ring of Kerry, a magical spot. Why? Now
that’s a question, but let’s just say that the wind was
behind her and the tempest was ahead and leave it at that.
Effernagh (Ed Deane)
Nylon guitar from Ed.
Piano, Uilleann pipes.
Not very many years after the Romans had retreated from
the west , a new kind of warrior was leaving his mark on
history. All along the coast from North to South, East and
West, the cry is heard.....' the Longboats are coming
.'….and Brian Boro was a long time coming, though come he
did and when he did the longboats went from whence they
Men of Lochlann
Guitar, fiddle, low whistle, tabla, zither and Uilleann
Lord of the Mound (K.McAlea)
Harpsichord, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes, low whistle, low
The Cromm Cruaich."At Mag Slecht was the king idol of
Erin, the Cromm Cruaich and around him twelve stones, but
he was of Gold."(the Rennes M.S, Dinnsechus).
Nylon guitar from Ed.
One of the magic weapons of Diarmuid. He also had the ‘Red
Spear’ and a sword, the ‘Little Fury’
A slip jig, fiddle, uilleann pipes, bouzouki, keyboards.
Oisin's Cave (Ed
Fiddle, voices, guitar, low whistle. Crossfades into a
solo nylon guitar Slip Jig. Miriam on fiddle.
Keeper of the Banner " the Terrible Broom", son of Fionn
mac Cumhail .
The Witching Bowl (K.McAlea)
Fiddle, pipes, harpsichord, bouzouki in a jaunty slip jig.
A witches brew indeed. Stir it up!