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Thread #53054   Message #815249
Posted By: lamarca
31-Oct-02 - 11:42 AM
Thread Name: Chord Req: Paddy's Lamentation
Subject: RE: Chord Req: Paddy's Lamentation
Declan, it was a compilation album called "The Gathering" - had lots of good stuff on it, I remember. However, Paul took a modal traditional tune and made it into a straight minor key.

The song (and tune) were collected from O. J. Abbott in the Ottawa Valley by Edith Foulk. The tune he used has some really neat twists and intervals that Irish revival musicians have sort of smoothed out. One of the better renditions that's close to Mr. Abbott's is by Frank Harte, a capella. Ian Robb and Margaret Christl perform it on their Folk Legacy album, but make the tempo entirely too bouncy for my taste. As a singer, I'm hopeless with chords - I leave that up to my husband the guitarist. This is one song we sing unaccompanied to preserve the modal tune.