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.
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.
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.
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.
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