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

12. Planxty Connor (1:45) (John O’Connor, Planks of Connaught) appeared in Thumoth. This version is from Bunting. Carolan wrote it for Connor, and it was well known in the early United States from its use in the popular ballad opera by William Shield and John O’Keefe, “The Poor Soldier”.  CP,SW,SJ  medley with...

 13. Carolan’s Receipt (1:48) Carolan’s grateful tribute to Dr. John Stafford’s receipt (prescription) for whiskey to cure depression. Bunting reports that a king in India so admired Irish harp and bagpipe, he called for one of each to be sent to him by the Belfast Harp Society. Having no spare harpers, they sent their best piper and Irish union pipes. The piper, however… left Calcutta on his Highness’s pleasure barge, but reportedly fell overboard while drunk and was drowned, while playing Carolan’s Receipt on his pipes. This version is also based on Bunting CP,SJ,MJ

14. Huish the Cat from Under the Table (1:35) After Bunting. Huish the Cat was a bawdy song of the 1780s about a man and maid hiding under the table, while her mother, thinking the cat is making the ruckus, pokes under the table with a stick. "Huish" is not the name of the cat. It is what the mother is shouting at the cat.

We played it with a 1763 Rausch English guitar, tin and wood flageolets, and the antique dulcimer.   SJ, MJ

Huish the Cat, from Wardroper p.170: 

“The old woman, sure, she ran to the door While I on the floor was kissing her daughter.
The cat run about and made such a rout, While she in a pout with a stick then did storm her.
Cups and saucers were broke. I laughed at the joke
While the old woman groped for puss in the corner.
Huish cat, come out in a crack, Hush cat, from under the table…”

15. The Blackbird and the Hen (2:09) comes from Edward Bunting. SJ, JT, MJ

 16. Why Should Not Poor Folk (2:17) (South Winds/ O Southern Breeze) Bunting learned this tune in 1792 from an old man “well known by the sobriquet of “Poor Folk”, who formerly perambulated the northern counties, playing on a tin fiddle”. This is from Bunting’s arrangement, and using Bunting's tempo markings. (Modern versions played as "South Winds" are usually played much more slowly and do not have the 1792 third part. ) SJ,MJ