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The Flight Attendant
A jig written by Larry several years ago. The title refers to both a brief intrigue and a lesson
in political correctitude.
This is from a set from the Plinn region of central Brittany. The plinn is one of the more
physically demanding dances in Brittany yet hypnotic in its repetition. The set is played in a
kind of call and response manner in which the bombarde plays the first phrase with the pipes (and
fiddle in this case), stopping on the repeat, then picking up the melody again on the last notes
of the repeat, and continuing likewise throughout.
Tar Road to Sligo
A jig from the Northwest of Ireland. Sligo has produced some of Ireland's finest flute players.The
is from the legendary Bothy Band, probably the best Irish band in modern history.
Up Against the Buachaláns
A tune from Brendán Breathnach's pivotal Irish music series, Ceol Rince na
hÉireann (Dance Music of Ireland). Buachalán means ragweed in Irish.
Being "up against" them refers to being face down in a field of them in an unsuccessful attempt
to make it home after one too many at the pub.
Les Echevins means "The Aldermen" in French. The Breton group Tri Yann modified the
text of this traditional song from the Gallo-speaking Eastern part of Brittany about a forlorn
fiancée to tell of a young man, in the 1970's, having to leave Nantes (in eastern Brittany)
because of the high rate of unemployment. Also mentioned is the hope for change coming from the
election of a new city council in 1977.