BOSTON — Dermot Byrne, Floriane Blancke and Brid Harper, with Padraig Rynne and Ryan McGiver. What a combination of musicians. Dermot of course, is the box player from Donegal with the group Altan. Floriane is a harpist from France steeped in the music of Brittany and now, Ireland. Brid is a very respected fiddler. The duo of Padraig Rynne and Ryan McGiver will be absolutely unique. Rynne will show you the best County Clare tradition of concertina players, while McGiver brings terrific guitar backing and a unique interpretation of Irish and American traditional songs.
If you would like to hear what these folks sound like:
Listen to Florianne Blanke on Harp, Dermot Byrne on accordion
"Amhran na Leabhair" (Song of the Books) Download the mp3
More about "Amhran na Leabhair" (Song of the Books)
"Amhran na Lebhair" is a wonderful air from the early 19th century recounting the loss of books in a boating accident. The teacher was going from one parish to the other on the Ring of Kerry Peninsula and decided to send his goods by boat as he made the journey on foot. The loss of the books was the loss of history, and the loss of learning and potential to teach a new generation. Such loss is captured in the sadness of the tune.