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Thread #16189   Message #150637
Posted By: megfl@aol.com
16-Dec-99 - 10:01 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Wind That Shakes the Barley
Subject: RE: Tune Req: wind that shakes the barley
"The Wind that Shakes the Barley" is quite a popular tune here in the New York scene. You can find it in O'Neill's MUSIC OF IRELAND. I have also heard the "little pack of tailors" on an album called "Celtic Mouth Music" put out by ellipsis arts. It sounds to me mostly like lilting the reel. The words are either in Irish or just nonsense. The notes credit Elizabeth Cronin and read as follows.

'Jean Ritchie and George Pickow collected this and some 50 other tunes by Cork singer Bess Cronin...The recordings had considerable impact -- Cronin's quiet style inspired many revival singers, and "The Little Pack of Tailors", which is sometimes deployed as a 'dandling' song by Irish mothers to bounce babies, has since been performed by many artists, including Len Graham. Cronin died in 1956.'

I hope this information is of help to you.