LP 281: Pádraig Ó Carra agus Comhluadar – Abhan Tríreach (Gael Linn, 1977)

17 Aug

Side 1
01 An Buachaill Caol Dubh
02 Lady Gethin; The Killavel Reel agus An Sean Draighneán
03 Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór
04 Planxty Hart; Drops Of Brandy
05 Carraig Aonair
06 Brian Mac Diarmada
07 Seabhac Na hEirne; The Templehouse Reel; Rolling On The Ryegrass

Side 2
08 Cumasc Port
09 Aisling Gheal
10 Poirt Chiarraí
11 An Londubh ‘s An Chéirseach
12 Cumha Mhac Phárlain; Cathair An Iarla
13 An Cnoicín Rua
14 Eleanor Plunket

And now for something completely different.

The English title for this record is The Bardic Moods of Music. There are three moods practicised by the bardic harpers and these are frequently an important magical element in the ancient mythological stories of Ireland. They are:
Geantraí: music of love and laughter
Goltraí: music of sadness
Suantraí: music of rest and tranquility

This LP was recorded in Galway during November 1976 and released by Gael Linn the following year. Pádraig Ó Carra is the musical director and also plays tin whistle and keyboard. The other members of the group are Patsy McDonagh, Ide Ní Fhaoláín, Séamus McGuire and Lily O’Dea.

The solo zither is employed throughout and is particularly effective on the opening track An Buachaill Caol Dubh and the melancholy Carraig Aonair (derived from verses set to the tune in the late 1600s; a father’s lament for his three sons lost at sea). Elsewhere the ethereal Aisling Gheal is a treat (taking its name from associated verses describing a bright vision when the poet meets a dream maiden). An Cnoicín Rua is another beautiful slow air with a somewhat complex modal structure.

Those who prefer more lively tunes are also catered for here. An Sean Draighneán and The Killavel Reel are sparkling numbers for dancing while Drops Of Brandy is a enduring jig of indeterminable vintage. More uptempo goodness follows with a deadly version of Rolling On The Ryegrass while Cumasc Port is a compelling blend of a double jig, a planxty tune and two fine slip jigs. Cumha Mhac Phárlain and Cathair An Iarla showcase a nice contrast between the dirge-like lament of the former and the pacy pipers’ favourite that is the latter. This fine album then concludes with the atmospheric gentle air Eleanor Plunket.

Thanks to Michelle for this LP.

Comments and feedback are welcome.


6 Responses to “LP 281: Pádraig Ó Carra agus Comhluadar – Abhan Tríreach (Gael Linn, 1977)”

  1. nlgbbbblth August 17, 2011 at 10:21 PM #


    • Lou September 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM #

      Is this upload still available?It’s been inaccessible for a few days.
      Thanks for all of these marvelous recordings!Great work!

    • Tommy June 15, 2012 at 7:36 PM #

      Would it be possible to re-up this? It looks like it was the only copy on the internet. Thank you!

      • nlgbbbblth June 15, 2012 at 8:08 PM #

        Tommy – let me know your email address. Send a mail to analoguebubblebath AT hotmail DOT com

  2. Lou September 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM #


  3. Anonymous October 2, 2013 at 10:02 PM #

    It’s absolutely lovely. Brings bck gret memories.

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