The last Irish bard

We, the people, inhabiting this north Atlantic Archipelago,

sit and await the UK Government’s pleasure in deciding what our futures will be

(Brexit Deal/No Deal/ Revocation)?

As PM May “jets off ” to meet President Macron and Chancellor Merkel and beg for a stay of England’s

self-constructed and self-administered Brexit axe

Meanwhile,   let’s relax and enjoy a concert.
It’s been a long time since we’ve had one!
So here’s the music of Ireland’s last bard,  said to be Ireland’s greatest composer

Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin  (Turlough O’Carolan)

Risultati immagini per turlough o' carolan, ireland's last bard

He spent his life travelling back and forth between Ireland and Scotland

playing and composing for the great and good!

He was born in 1670 and died in 1738.
Son of a blacksmith, he was a blind Gaelic harper, composer, and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition.

His life overlapped with other  great European  composers: JS Bach, organist (1685-1750), GF Haendel pianist,  violinist, organist and oboeist (1685.1779), A Vivaldi, violinist  (1678-1741) and A  Corelli, violinist  (1653 –  1713)

Only O’Carolan was a harpist and  composed for the harp

You can hear echoes of their influences in his work, but his Irish voice and music predominate

This was our contribution to European music during the English-imposed Penal Laws

which,  according to Edmund Burke constituted  “a machine of wise and elaborate contrivance, as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of a people, and the debasement in them of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man.

O’Carolan’s most famous piece was his Concerto

Here it is, as played by 30 harpists, protesting early in the 21st C,

at the Irish Governments decision to drive a motorway through Tara,

a mythical site in Ireland

 

Remember: This is  Ireland’s music  throughout the Penal Laws, another time when England did their worst for Ireland

Whatever the UK decides, Ireland will  move forward into her  own future,

remembering our ancestors’ bravery, talent  and abilities

and building upon their achievements   to create the society we want,

not what England decides to dole out to us.

Let’s hope Scotland does the same

 

 

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/last-bard-turlough-ocarolan

Savage, John (1869). Fenian Heroes and Martyrs. Patrick Donahoe. p. 16.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penal_Laws_(Ireland)

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