The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #77129 Message #1374829
Posted By: Joe Offer
08-Jan-05 - 06:54 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Castle of Dromore
Subject: RE: Origins: Castle of Dromore
I had trouble finding a CD recording of this song. The only recording I could find at on a Tradition CD called "Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem." But then I found I had it on a "Best of the Vanguard Years" CD by The Clancy Brothers with Lou Killen, titled "The Castle of Dramore." Then I found it on a number of Celtic CD's as "October Winds," including the Celtic Lullaby CD by Margie Butler, which has an overdose of reverb.
Note that I've crosslinked our threads on the song. the chief disagreements seem to be the order of the second and third verses, and the order of the first and second lines of the "banshee" verse.
The DT has:
Dread spirits all of black water, Clan Owen's wild bansheeSome versions start the verse "Bring no ill wind..." (see the first message in this thread)
Bring no ill wind to him nor us, my helpless babe and me
And Holy Mary pitying us to Heaven for grace doth sue
I think I like the DT version better.
Here's the tune, translated from Alison's post in another thread:
And from John in Brisbane: