Sunday, October 01, 2006

Sunday music that's beautiful on a sunny day

For your Sunday afternoon or evening listening:


We had a musical community project on our island; all the musicians who live here (Population: 300 people all, but of course, only about 8 musicians) recorded one tune each for a collective island CD. We then had a pot-luck party and performance when the CD was finished. The CD is selling gangbusters, and is mostly blues guitar, funny songs, the occasional skirl of bagpipes, and some eclectic spoken word (including our ferry driver singing about his job, recorded over the waves and engine of the ferry itself while taking the people back and forth.)

The classical dudes (myself and two string players) recorded this:

M'Orphaeus mp3

The two pieces were arranged by our fiddle player, Trish, and are "Mo Ghile Mear" and "Con Amores Mi Madre".

Apologies for errant flute squeaks. I was barely awake. ;>)

It was recorded very quickly in a tiny cabin (the size of a pea) with our local recording engineer, and in only one and a half takes at 9 am on a Sunday morning. I barely remember, except for the smell of the oak floors and the gleam through the panes of glass of the sunlight on an August morning.

Best to you all. More radio shows FLUTELOOPS, coming shortly.
Jen Cluff
Comments (6)
Blogger jen said...

Thankyou Maggie!!
How lovely of you to take the time to say so. Jen :>)

Sunday, October 29, 2006 11:00:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've really enjoyed listening to this and reading your comments. What lovely, gentle music. Thankyou!

Sunday, November 12, 2006 1:39:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This music is every bit as beautiful on a rainy day, or a Monday, or a Tuesday, Wednesday ... ;) Absolutely enchanting, Jennifer - I listen to it often. Thanks so much for sharing with the world!

Friday, November 17, 2006 11:26:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Thankyou so much Lauren.
Our violinist had sung the "Con Amores Mi Madre" (the second piece in 5/4) in her choir at school 15 yrs ago, and written it out by memory for flute and string trio. Wow, eh?
We were all enchanted by it.
She also found the first piece, "Mo Ghile Mear" somewhere in her folk music travels, and thought it was Welsh, but a welsh speaker told us that the title was no welsh he'd ever heard of.
So we're still wondering.
But yes, these gems keep singing in your head, even when you've not heard them in awhile.
That's the test of a good tune!! :>)
Thanks so much for your comment!

Friday, November 17, 2006 12:01:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, indeed! The curiosity got the better of me and I had to look up the first tune. Apparently, “Mo Ghile Mear” is an Irish Jacobite tune. The air is of Scottish origin, and the original Gaelic lyric is by the 18th-century poet Seán Clarach MacDomhnaill. More information, including the Gaelic lyric and an English translation, are readily available on the Internet, including here:

Interesting: This tune was recorded by The Chieftains … with Sting! There is a preview here: But I think I might have recognized the tune since apparently it was used in the closing scene for the movie “Waking Ned Devine”. Funny film - I’ll just have to rent it again now, eh?

In my view, your interpretation still sets the standard for comparison. :)

Friday, November 17, 2006 8:23:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just love your fluteloops. I have only played the piano before but after listening to the flute I really want to play that now! It sounds so beautiful!

Sunday, November 19, 2006 1:52:00 PM


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