Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Trad Tuesday - The Wild Goose by Kate Rusby

Today's selection for Trad Tuesday is Kate Rusby singing The Wild Goose. Kate Rusby comes from Barnsley, Yorkshire and is a well-known folk singer in Europe. She is absolutely one of my favorites - I drove across England a few years ago (wrong side of the road and all that) to see her perform in Shrewsbury. On my bucket list is to go to her Under the Stars Festival held in Barnsley each summer.

The Wild Goose is an old English shanty, but it may have older origins. The Wild Geese are what Irish expatriates are known by. Shanties were songs song by sailors as they performed tasks on board a ship.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Schedule for upcoming Blog Tour

April 27 Interview
Roxanne’s Realm

April 27 Guest blog
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

April 28 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books

April 29 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!  http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com

April 29 Interview
Deal Sharing Aunt

April 30 Spotlight
Hywela Lyn

April 30 Spotlight

May 1 Character Interview
Author Karen Swart

May 1 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books

May 4 Interview
Eclipse Reviews

May 4 Review
Fanatical Paranormal Romantical

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Trad Tuesday - County Down from Danú

Danú is an Irish group that hails from counties Derry, Donegal, Dublin, and Waterford. Lead singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is a Gaelic speaker though the song I picked for today is in English. One of the great regrets I have is from last summer when I was in Dingle. Muireann was playing in a concert there that night and I could have gotten a ticket except our tour bus was headed back to Killarney and I couldn't stay.

County Down is a song written by Tommy Sands, singer and political activist from Northern Ireland. The first two verses of this lovely song are below:
When you're out walking, and there's no one near you
But a voice keeps calling and you hear your name
It's not the leaves or the whispering breezes
It's me that's calling you back again
Oh can you hear me? Oh can you hear me
As you roam through lonely London town?
When evening's falling you'll hear me calling
"Come on home now to the County Down"

Friday, April 17, 2015

Another Adventure in the Oxford Hills - plan your vacation in Maine!

The Black Swans takes place in the fictional town of Antrim, Maine which is based in the western part of the state in the Oxford Hills. Taisie takes a hike up the hill behind her parents' farm. At the top is a quarry where she and Conn swim and camp out.

In the Oxford Hills there are many beautiful hiking trails, but my favorite is the family-friendly trek up Singepole Mountain. My sister and my nephew (Matt was about 7 yrs old at the time) hiked up Singepole many years ago for the first time. Since then I've hiked up multiple times as well as four-wheeled it on one memorable trip.

At the top is a quarry where we have had picnics, swam, and picked blueberries. The view of Norway/South Paris is spectacular. And yes, after swimming, you do come out all sparkly from the mica in the water. This was way before Edward Cullen and the Twilight series and has nothing to do with vampires.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Trad Tuesday - Reels from the Transatlantic Sessions

Today's Trad Tuesday selection is from the Transatlantic Sessions. It is a couple of reels, The Milky Way and The Glass of Beer (which is also known as Chase Her Through The Garden, Flight Of The Earls, Johnny Maguire’s, The Jug Of Beer, Listowel Lasses, MacFadden’s, McFadden’s, Sean Ryan’s).

The musicians playing include Scottish fiddler Aly Bain, John McCusker (also Scottish and I think playing fiddle here), Mike McGoldrick (Irish flute), John Doyle (Irish guitar), Donal Lunny (Irish bouzouki), Phil Cunningham (Scottish accordian), Donald Shaw (Scottish accordian player but here on keyboards), and Jerry Douglas (American steel guitar).

I noticed that a lot, if not all, of the Transatlantic Sessions are on YouTube. You'll also see them on PBS, especially when they're having a fund drive. I think there's six different hour programs and a number of CDs and they're all well worth listening to if you like Irish/Scottish and folk music.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Trad Tuesday - Molly Bond

The song Molly Bond as sung by Oysterband tells the story of a man who mistakes his love for a swan and shoots her. It is based on older songs like Polly Vaughn, Polly Von (sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary), and Molly Bann. Variations have been sung by many groups and singers.

The earliest known version of the tune for the Irish version of the song, is earlier than the earliest printing of the words. Edward Bunting's "General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland" appeared in 1796. He printed the Irish tune three times in his manuscripts, each time noting it was traditionally the first to by learned by beginning harpers. If this in turn really is derived from O’Carolan’s composition “Fairhaired Mary” then it must date back to 1738 or before

In The Black Swans I used the song as the basis of how Owen Campbell and Nola McLaren meet.