58-An Bonnán Buí

September 25, 2017

58-The Nine of Swords 

 

This card represents loss and mourning. It can often symbolize guilt, worry, or anything else that might make sleeping difficult.

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57-The Rakes of Clonmel

September 25, 2017

57-The Eight of Swords 

 

This card symbolizes bondage, often self-inflicted.

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56-The Eavesdropper

September 21, 2017

56-The Seven of Swords 

 

This is the card of spying and dishonesty.  I got this lovely tune from the playing of Kevin Burke.

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55-Sailing into Walpole’s Marsh

September 21, 2017

55-The Six of Swords 

 

This card can symbolize conflict resolution as well as nautical journeys.  I've chosen to go with the latter in this tune selection.

 

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54-The Battle of Aughrim

September 21, 2017

54-The Five of Swords 

 

The five of swords is the card of failure and unexpected defeat.  This march commemorates one of the bloodiest battles of the Williamite wars in Ireland, which left over 7,000 dead on July 12, 1691.

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53-Táimse Im’ Chodladh

September 21, 2017

53-The Four of Swords

 

This, being the card of rest and recuperation, is well paired with the air Táimse Im' Chodladh (I am sleeping).  One of my favorite renditions of this air was played by the late Dan O'Dowd.

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52-The Girl That Broke My Heart

September 20, 2017

52-The Three of Swords 

 

This is just about the worst card anyone could get.  It deals with separation, often from a spouse or close friend.  It's also the only card in the deck that depicts rain.

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51-Jenny’s Welcome to Charlie

September 20, 2017

51-The Two of Swords

 

This card deals with confronting ones ego and working through inner strife.  It also signifies tension within relationships, thus I thought that Jenny's Welcome to Charlie seemed appropriate.  This version is roughly based on Séamus Ennis' recording.

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50-The Sword in Hand

September 20, 2017

50-The Ace of Swords

 

This card symbolizes victory and karmic balance.

I am happy to announce that after 18 months of fiddling about with making reeds I've finally gotten my C# set all together and playing like a dream.  So from here on out you'll be hearing a full matching set of pipes!  I will of course try not to obscure these tunes with too much regulator playing, as this podcast is supposed to be primarily about the tunes.  This card and tune are so obvious it hurts, it cuts right through... like a sword.

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49-The King of the Cannibal Islands

September 20, 2017

49-The King of Cups

 

The King of Cups represents a powerful and kind man skilled in the arts.  The tune I've selected here is an old Irish vaudeville piece--my source is again the McCusker family Ceili band from the early 1950's

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