Music from Ireland in Colonial America
Expanded information from the Rogues' Consort CD Booklet

5. Lord Haddo‘s Favorite (3:30) (James Douglas Favorite) appeared in Alan Ramsay’s Tea Table Miscellany, though Gow later titled it Lord Haddo. Our version, with John Turner playing and improvising on both parts JT

6. John Kelly (1:14) by Carolan (1670-1738), one of the most famous blind Irish harpers, who composed many tunes for the harp. (Our version using citterns and harp)  MJ,SJ,SW

7. So Merrily Dance the Quaker (2:08) One of the Irish jigs still found in fiddlers’ repertoires, this one from American copybook versions by George White and by Henry Beck both of New York, in the 1780s. CP,SJ,MJ,SW

8. The Blackbird (3:13) Bunting published this allegorically titled tune, dating from at least 1651, a ballad lamenting the exile of Charles II, “the Black-bird most Royall”. CP,SJ,MJ

SJ plays an 1850s hammered dulcimer and harpsichord, CP plays fiddle, MJ plays Bunting's bass line on cello.

There was musical interplay between the Irish and the Welsh, as well as between the Irish and the Scots.  Bunting noted at the Belfast Harp Festival that after all the Irish harpers played, the Welsh harper Williams played, demonstrating the marked difference between the harp styles.

9. Llewellyn (1:50) (The Ashgrove) - This version is from the Irish piper, O’Farrell, who called it Llewellyn, A Favorite Welch Air. It was widely known in Ireland, and some sources say that Carolan also played it. CP,SW,JT,SJ

10.  Daffyd y garreg wen (David of the White Rocks) / Ysgubor y Barwn (The Baron’s Barn) (2:50) A traditional set learned from harper Edward Jones, who published “Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards” in 1784. SJ,MJ

11. Though I Go To Bed, Little Does Sleep Come to Me (3:02) Our version, taken from A Perthshire Air from Patrick McDonald, 1784, and from Capt. Simon Fraser, 1815. SJ,JT,MJ

Photo: Harp in the ballroom at William and Lucy Croghan's Locust Grove