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Origins: Lark in the Clear Air

Stringsinger 20 Jan 13 - 04:17 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 20 Jan 13 - 05:53 PM
MartinRyan 20 Jan 13 - 07:22 PM
MartinRyan 20 Jan 13 - 07:26 PM
Steve Shaw 20 Jan 13 - 07:40 PM
Steve Shaw 20 Jan 13 - 07:54 PM
GUEST,Guest 20 Jan 13 - 08:12 PM
MartinRyan 21 Jan 13 - 02:44 AM
Tattie Bogle 21 Jan 13 - 09:56 AM
Steve Shaw 21 Jan 13 - 09:59 AM
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Subject: Origins: Lark in the Clear Air
From: Stringsinger
Date: 20 Jan 13 - 04:17 PM

I know that Samuel Ferguson's song has been covered before. What I want to know
is who did the lovely arrangement for the Irish disc jockey, I've forgotten his name something like MacMachuna, which is unpronounceable to me not being a Gaelic speaker. The theme he used was played on the violin. The chords to it were lovely.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lark in the Clear Air
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 20 Jan 13 - 05:53 PM

String, I believe the first name of the DJ you mentioned is/was Kieran. I have a nice version of this tune by Northumbrian piper Billy Pigg with Foster Charlton on fiddle and John Doonan on Piccolo.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lark in the Clear Air
From: MartinRyan
Date: 20 Jan 13 - 07:22 PM

Kee-ron Mock-muh-oona will get you close enough for a windy day!

I think the arrangement was by violinist EIly O'Grady - but will need to check.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lark in the Clear Air
From: MartinRyan
Date: 20 Jan 13 - 07:26 PM

Sisters EIly and Geraldine O'Grady, I reckon.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lark in the Clear Air
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Jan 13 - 07:40 PM

It was the signature tune of Ciaran Mac Mathuna's Sunday morning programme on RTE, "Mo Cheol Thu". Geraldine O'Grady on fiddle. Her sister Eíly played the piano.

Here ya go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWoIfgXEt6o


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lark in the Clear Air
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Jan 13 - 07:54 PM

I know there are accents missing from those names but I'm blowed if I know how to put the damn things in...

Here's a lovely tribute to Ciaran from Seamus Heaney: Over a lifetime he helped the population of Ireland to realise the beauty, strength and value of their native cultural possessions, above all their musical culture. The musical instrument which Ciaran played to magical effect, and which entranced generations of listeners, was his own voice.

Balm to the soul on Sunday mornings, he was, far better than Mass!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lark in the Clear Air
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 20 Jan 13 - 08:12 PM

Thanks Steve

It's only wonderful!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lark in the Clear Air
From: MartinRyan
Date: 21 Jan 13 - 02:44 AM

Yeah - the story used to be that if you woke up early on Sunday morning, and turned on the radio - Ciaran's wonderful voice would put you straight back to sleep again!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lark in the Clear Air
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 21 Jan 13 - 09:56 AM

Blue clicky for Steve!
The Lark in the Clear Air


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Subject: RE: Origins: Lark in the Clear Air
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 21 Jan 13 - 09:59 AM

Cheers!

Ciaran was a big fan (as indeed am I) of Luke Kelly. There was nothing quite like hearing Raglan Road over the ould medium wave whilst revelling in the semi-comatose Sunday morning condition!


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