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Posted By: Bonnie Shaljean
21-Jun-06 - 03:46 AM
Thread Name: Irish Songs for Funeral
Subject: RE: Irish Songs for Funeral
I'm told by Scottish friends that the air to Ar Eireann is known there (at least in some places) as "Tweedside" - anyone know any more about this? (Jack?) I agree as to its haunting nature, and it makes a lovely harp air.

Re TPG being about "leaving", I meant the taking of leave in the broader sense (American Wakes popped into my mind too as I wrote that) which could and often did certainly include death or its likelihood (coffin-ships pop into my mind now as I write this). But it's an ending of one type or another that the singer clearly anticipates and is preparing himself for. Guest, I don't think it would be "jarring" at all in a memorial service (which does not necessarily have to be formal or even particularly religious); and if it IS out of character with the decesaed presumably Briagha would then simply not choose to sing it.