The Trip We Took Over The Mountain

by Charlie Piggott & Rowan Piggott

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Once I awoke with pleasure 'neath oak's dappled sun & golden leaf I heard the horn a-blowing and the birdsong on the breeze There was coney, deer and beaver fleeing pointer and retriever But above the din of hunting was the music of the trees. The winded fox he flew through the foggy mountain dew Taking refuge in the forests and the verdant glens of yore Now from this arboreal slaughter we must travail o'er the water Oh for Seán Ó Duibhir a' Ghleanna, your pleasure is no more... These lands of ours are plundered and our friends & neighbours sundered Leaving those who'd fight for freedom underneath the bramble screen The plight of our poor nation only stokes our desperation As we see the decimation of our shelters gold & green The wrath of god we brave as the priest flees to his cave From those foes of ours who crave a sacrificial blood and gore If peace comes but a small way I will journey down to Galway Oh but Seán Ó Duibhir a' Ghleanna, your pleasure is no more... Gone the home of childhood with the felling of the wildwood And I've witnessed wanton ruining of all of my high hopes When I my sleep was spurning I would watch the sun returning And the autumn maples burning oh the jewels of woodland slopes But the antlered noble stag banished to his mountain crag Will stand as proud as ever when the days of man are o'er And we so broken-hearted from the joys of nature parted Oh for Seán Ó Duibhir a' Ghleanna, your pleasure is no more...
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Oh rattlin' roarin' Willie, oh he hied to the fair For to sell his fiddle and buy some other ware, But parting with his fiddle a salt tear blin’t his e'ee— Rattlin' roarin' Willie you’re welcome hame to me! “O Willie, come sell your fiddle, and sell your fiddle so fine; O Willie, come sell your fiddle and buy a pint o' wine!” “If I should sell my fiddle the world would think I was mad; For many's a rantin' day that my fiddle and I have had.” As I came by Crochallan I cannily keekit ben Rattlin' roarin' Willie was sitting at yon boord-en' Sitting at yon boord-en' and among good company Rattlin' roarin' Willie you’re welcome hame to me.
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Sombre and sober I lie And think on the spirit that scourges me The fruit of my darkening eye Has flown to wherever her urges lead I long for the death of these dark days Pass long lonely nights until the dawn I long for her now and in all ways Molly na gCuach Ní Chuilleanáin Holed in my house on the hill To awake to my cow's sighing every morn What would I give for her still Fair Molly na gCuach Ní Chuilleanáin I long for the death of these dark days Pass long lonely nights until the dawn I long for her now and in all ways Molly na gCuach Ní Chuilleanáin Were I to go to my grave These words would the stone at my head adorn "He died as love's faithful slave For Molly na gCuach Ní Chuilleanáin" I long for the death of these dark days Pass long lonely nights until the dawn I long for her now and in all ways Molly na gCuach Ní Chuilleanáin
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A lot of the sets on this recording were put together on a short tour we did last year, travelling over the Burren from Miltown Malbay to Kinvara, so it seemed appropriate to take the name of the last waltz as our album title.

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released November 30, 2020

Charlie Piggott – C#/D Button Accordion
Rowan Piggott – 5-string Fiddle

Additional backing (Cittern | Shruti Drone | Podorythmie) by Rowan Piggott

Recorded & mixed by Rowan Piggott
Mastered by Sam Proctor at Lismore Mastering

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Rowan Piggott Sheffield, UK

Rowan is a fiddle-singer, writer and tunesmith who grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland, surrounded by traditional music. The author of two successful tunebooks, he has also written articles for The Living Tradition magazine and led fiddle workshops at festivals all over the country. In 2016, he won the Future of Young Folk Award at Bromyard Folk Festival. ... more

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