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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60-The Scholar

September 26, 2017

60-The Page of Swords 

 

The Page of Swords is often used to signify a young scholar.

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59-Pull the Knife and Stick it Again

September 26, 2017

59-The Ten of Swords 

 

This card is perhaps the most melodramatic of all the cards.  Sure, having ten swords in your back can be a less than desirable reality, but is it really that much worse than being run through with one sword? Or maybe worse than being stuck several times with the same sword?  The title of this tune also seems to point to other adult themes as well.

 

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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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