The Peacock's Feather

The Peacock's Feather


Artist: Carol Thompson

Composers: Various

Format: 1 CD


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A Peacock’s Feather: A Celtic Quest

Although the harp as it is played today has little resemblance to the harp of ancient Gaelic and Celtic societies, strains of the older traditions still exist. It is from these strains that Carol Thompson draws the music heard on this recording, both in terms of the tunes selected and her execution of them.

—Darcy Fair, Department of Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania

Track List

1. Twisting of the Rope (Traditional Irish) NC
Lady Gethin (Turlough O'Carolan) NC

2. Beansin Luachra (Traditional Irish) NC
3. King of the Fairies (Traditional Irish) NC
4. Bonny Portmore (Traditional Irish) NC
Fanny Power (Turlough O'Carolan) NC

5. Draggletail Gypsies (Traditional English) NC
The Princess Royal (Traditional English) NC
Princess Royal (Turlough O'Carolan) NC

6. Blind Mary (Turlough O'Carolan) NC
7. The Peacock's Feather (Traditional Irish) NC
The Parting Glass (Traditional Irish) NC
The Parting Glass (Traditional Irish) NC

8. Diddanwch Gruffydd ap Cynan (Traditional Welsh) TH
Serch Hudol (Traditional Welsh) TH

9. The Minstrel's Adieu (John Thoma) TH
10. Mary O'Neill or Carolan's Favorite Jig (Turlough O'Carolan) NC
11. Lady Lothian's Lilt (Traditional Scottish) NC
In a Garden So Green (Traditional Scottish) NC
The Hole in the Wall (Traditional English Country Dance) NC

12. Port na bPucai (Traditional Blaskett Islands) NC

NC = Neo-Celtic Harp
TH = Triple Harp

Total time: 49:56
Release date: October 1, 1996
UPC: 053479024022