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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.
“Dañs Plinn”
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.
“The Errant Apprentice”
A "wonderfully silly song" from Wolf about love, the Boer War, cowardice and Turks with big knives. With Amy Price on fiddle.
“Tar Road to Sligo”
A jig from the Northwest of Ireland. Sligo has produced some of Ireland's finest flute players.
“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 de Nantes”
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.
“Diesel and Shale”
A song from Wolf written by Cyril Tawney. This song about submariners sounds like a sea shanty, but it is actually a "forebitter". Sea shanties were sung by mariners at sea for work rythyms. Forebitters or forecastle shanties were sung for fun when the men were just hanging around (generally on the forecastle, sitting on the bits).
“Is Doing Yet?”
Soïg Sibéril of the Breton group Kornog is a guitarist extraordinare, but in his younger days had some difficulty with English. "Is doing yet" was once Soïg's way of asking a thoroughly confused driver if he was ready to go. The others in Kornog wouldn't let him live it down. We named this set in honor of him after Kornog performed it live on the radio in Dallas back in the mid-80s. Larry was the DJ (and the driver), and happened to get the set on tape, which begins with Jamie McMenemy of Kornog repeating the question for all of Dallas to hear. This selection is from the last in a set of four rond de Loudiac or "round dance" from Loudiac (central Brittany).

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