Rowan Piggott - Soul Wake Dirge

from SONGHIVE (Online Edition) by Various Artists

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Two brothers in the north country
Sat down to rest beside a wall
​The eldest slept, the youngest wept
As rain began to fall...

A humble bee disturbed him then
Some shelter from the damp it sought
And winging to a hidey hole
A melody it brought.

The young man he took up his staff
And with it blocked the creature's lair
But could not rouse his brother then
As if he was not there.

"Wake up, oh brother, rest no more
This is no time for joke or jest!"
And turning to his willow wand
He snatched it from the nest.

At once the bumbling bee flew out
And on the eldest did alight
Who from the deepest slumber then
Woke up in dreadful fright.

"Oh brother dear tell unto me
What did you dream about?"
"I dreamt you shut me in a tomb
And would not let me out..."


from SONGHIVE (Online Edition), released March 29, 2020
Words by R. Piggott, Music based on Lyke Wake Dirge (trad)
Rowan Piggott (voice/fiddle); Rosie Hodgson (voice); Evan Carson (bodhran/percussion)


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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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