Friday, November 20, 2020

Friday Music: Will You Go, Lassie Go

A friend sent me this song the other day. I found it so beautiful. I don't remember ever hearing it before. When I googled around to learn more about it, I found that it's been around for a very long time. I was surprised  to see that even Joan Baez sang it in 1965. The history of the song goes back even further than that.  This is the link my friend sent of Ger O'Donnell and Maria Ryan performing it in 2019. 


23 comments:

  1. This song played and sung so beautifully brings healing tears to my eyes. Thank you.

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    1. am-- Yes! That's how it felt to me as well. So glad you liked it.

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  2. Wild Mountain Thyme (alt. name) is indeed a lovely song. I am surprised you haven't heard it before, though, as it's second only to Danny Boy for an American stereotyped understanding of what Celtic trad music is. This performance is truly lovely.
    Anyway, for your amusement, there's a new film by that name, the trailer of which is not getting good reviews.
    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film/wild-mountain-thyme-trailer-what-in-the-name-of-holy-bejaysus-is-this-cowpat-1.4405893

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    1. CCorax-- I was surprised to discover how long this song had been around. How could I have missed all these years? I don't know, but I did. I'm so glad you liked this performance. It is beautiful. I'll check out that link. Thank you for that.

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    2. CCorax-- Reading that review is like being transported to Ireland. I loved it. Thank you thank you!

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  3. Boy did that appeal to my Irish roots. His instrument fascinated me. Think a trip to Google is necessary.

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  4. PS.
    Finally found it, it is a Hurdy Gurdy. Heard of them but never heard one. Cool.

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    1. Patti-- Thank you so much for letting us know what that crazy instrument is. I had never heard of it as an instrument, but I do remember Donovan singing "Hurdy Gurdy Man" back in the 1960s. Thank you!!

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  5. Lovely song and the musicians play so calmly and smoothly. Also, I learned about a new instrument! Thanks, Robin Andrea!

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    1. EllenD-- I do love how these two play together. It's beautiful.

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    1. ellen-- Yes. This is definitely going on our play list.

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  7. I know this song Robin - sung by various people including several gravel throated folk singers. I haven't heard this version though. It is beautiful. This type of music is in my DNA. It moves me in ways that doesn't make logical sense and I get homesick for places I've never been. I do believe in cellular memory though, and some people believe in reincarnation.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- You describe music the way we feel it, how evocative it is, how it makes us "homesick for places" we've never been. It's why I've been posting music because it has that power, because it is our common language. I never heard this song before and when I heard it it went straight to my heart. Yes, a cellular memory. Thank you for these words.

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  8. Love those wonderful Irish voices with this plaintive melody. Thanks, Robin.

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    1. Catalyst-- So glad you liked this. Yes, that plaintive sound.

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  9. Are you sure you've never listed to "Hard Nose The Highway" by Van Morrison? Van the Man sings a version on that album. And there's an instrumental version by Mark Knopfler on the soundtrack to the film "Local Hero". And you can even find a version of the song by Francis McPeake who is generally regarded as the man who assembled to modern version of the song from an older ballad.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMy16QjVr94
    I like this version too - very much indeed.

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    1. John-- I never listened to "Hard Nose The Highway." I've never even heard of it. When my friend sent this song, I checked other recordings and did listen to the Mark Knofler instrumental.
      Thank you for the link to that very old video of the McPeake family singing. Wow! It really is an old song. So glad you liked this version.

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  10. There is even a version sung by a young Marianne Faithfull accompanied by a sitar
    https://youtu.be/iH95hezNozU

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    1. Sabine-- I cannot adequately express how surprised I am that I reached the age of 68 and had never heard this song before. Not by any of the incredibly talented artists who had recorded it these past 50 years! Thank you for this link. Loved it!

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  11. Thank you. I so love this song. My favorite singers of it are The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KSIozxB0rs

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    1. Nan-- I am blown away by how many singers have recorded this song. Thank you for the link, a lovely version it is. And thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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