70-The First Of May

December 5, 2017

70-The Seven Of Pentacles

 

This card signals impending fortune, future harvests, as well as the anxiety that goes along with high stakes planning.  I’ve chosen this tune because I like it so much.  And I think, from an agricultural perspective, May represents a time of anxious waiting after seeds have been sewn—the wait for young plants to take root without being molested by the birds or squirrels.  I first heard David Power playing this tune.

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69-Sixpenny Money

December 5, 2017

69-The Six Of Pentacles

 

Charity, justice, equity, generosity.  This tune is incredibly popular and for good reason.  My favorite rendition is that of Séamus Ennis’.

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68-I Have No Money

December 5, 2017

68-The Five Of Pentacles 

 

Now for the other side of the coin: what happens to the rest of us.  This card depicts poverty, dereliction, loneliness, winter, unemployment, the long dark night.  

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67-Money in Both Pockets

December 5, 2017

67-The Four Of Pentacles

 

This card seems very appropriate for what is currently happening in the US Legislature.  This card represents assured financial gain, lack of generosity, earthly power, and miserdom.  It also warns of the solitude and scorn attached to such a station.  I think this tune is an obvious choice.  My Source is O’Neill’s 1001 Gems, transposed to D (C#) from the original A.

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66-The Dunboyne Straw Plaiters

November 28, 2017

66-The Three Of Pentacles

 

This card symbolizes craftsmanship, practical arts, commerce, and industriousness.  Straw plaiting is a craft with a very long history in Ireland in which various goods are produced out of straw.  Thatched roofs, straw hats, ornaments, and various other bits and bobs have been produced from plaited straw.  I learnt this tune from my good friend Darcy Noonan.

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65-The Steampacket

November 13, 2017

65-The Two Of Pentacles

 

The abuility to juggle two or more things is represented in this card.  Certainly playing the pipes can feel similar to the situation the hero of this card finds himself in.  I’ve chosen The Steampacket due to its long popularity among pipers wishing to showcase the instrument.  I try my best to juggle in some regulator vamping for good measure.

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64-The Garden of Daisies

October 12, 2017

64-The Ace of Pentacles

 

And we've arrived at the final suit of the deck: the Pentacles.  This suit explores earthly things related to agriculture, craftsmanship, and finances.

The Garden of Daisies is one of my favorite set dances.

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63-Chúilfhionn March

October 12, 2017

63-The King of Swords

 

This King represents all things martial.  He tends to be a strong leader and is often associated with legal authority.

This is a march version of the air Chúilfionn which I have based loosely on the playing of Willie Clancy.

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62-Cheer Up Old Hag

October 12, 2017

62-The Queen of Swords 

 

Often associated with a lonely yet strong female individual endowed with wisdom and nobility.  

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61-Chief O’Neill’s Hornpipe

September 26, 2017

61-The Knight of Swords 

 

This card is associated with purity of heart and the triumph over adversity.  I've chosen a tune named for Chief Francis O'Neill because of the role he played in saving Irish traditional music from being lost to obscurity.  

 

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