Monday, March 16, 2009

patrick season: far from home

Longing for home and being far away from it are constant themes in Celtic music. Sometimes, those are written by people across the sea, and sometimes by people who have just moved a bit down the road. It is a longing shared, though, for well known and well loved faces and the places which bring them to mind.

This is an idea which, though it sometimes gets blurred in the leprechaun hats and green beer, is a major subtext of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. Two songs which get to the heart of the joy and sadness mixed are In My Dreams from Rosheen on musique celtique and I'm Going Back from Cathie Ryan on The Music of.What Happens.


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