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The Peacock's Feather - Carol Thompson

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Although the harp as it is played today has little resemblance to the harp of ancient Gaelic and Celtic societies, strains of the older traditions still exist. It is from these strains that Carol Thompson draws the music heard on this recording, both in terms of the tunes selected and her execution of them. Her settings are primarily melodic, not harmonic: her ornaments are played as elements of melodic variation derived from the tune, not appended as an afterthought, or drawn from an underlying harmonic structure. She may play her chords with a downward roll, as opposed to the classical upward arpeggio. This last element is an unmistakable signature that will be recognized instantly by those familiar with traditional Irish or Scottish harping. In bringing these elements together, Carol seeks to create a sound that is as fresh today as it was 200 years ago, maintaining the integrity of traditional Celtic music, while drawing upon the techniques and disciplines of the classical pedal harpist.

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1. Twisting of the Rope
Traditional Irish (Neo-Celtic Harp)
    Lady Gethin
Turlough O'Carolan (Neo-Celtic Harp)
2. Beansin Luachra 
Traditional Irish (Neo-Celtic Harp)
3. King of the Fairies
Traditional Irish (Neo-Celtic Harp)
4. Bonny Portmore
Traditional Irish (Neo-Celtic Harp)
    Fanny Power
Turlough O'Carolan (Neo-Celtic Harp)
5. Draggletail Gypsies
Traditional English (Neo-Celtic Harp)
    The Princess Royal
Traditional English (Neo-Celtic Harp)
    Princess Royal
Turlough O'Carolan (Neo-Celtic Harp)
6. Blind Mary
Turlough O'Carolan (Neo-Celtic Harp)
7. The Peacock's Feather
Traditional Irish (Neo-Celtic Harp)
     The Parting Glass
Traditional Irish (Neo-Celtic Harp)
8. Diddanwch Gruffydd ap Cynan
Traditional Welsh (Triple Harp)
    Serch Hudol
Traditional Welsh (Triple Harp)
9. The Minstrel's Adieu
John Thomas (Triple Harp)
10. Mary O'Neill or Carolan's Favotite Jig
Turlough O'Carolan (Neo-Celtic Harp)
11. Lady Lothian's Lilt
Traditional Scottish (Neo-Celtic Harp)
     In a Garden SSO Green
Traditional Scottish (Neo-Celtic Harp)
     The Hole in the Wall
Traditional English Country Dance (Neo-Celtic Harp)
12. Port na bPucai
Traditional Blaskett Islands (Neo-Celtic Harp)

All notes by Darcy Fair