~ Member Collaboration ~ Garthman: Vocals, Guitar Samilyn: Flute, strings (on keys)
"The Maid of Coolmore" (Traditional)
This song originates from the Derry area of Ireland (Culmore is a village on the shore of Lough Foyle near Derry City - the Irish spelling is "Cúl Môr" which I think means "Corner of the Sea") .
I believe it first appeared in the "Songs of the People" series in the Coleraine newspaper "The Northern Constitution". The series ran from 1923 - 1939 and the first editor (1923 -27) was a man named Sam Henry who collected around 500 songs (often referred to as "The Sam Henry Collection").
The song is, I believe, quite a lot older - I don't have a date for it but the lyrics suggest a period of emigration so it could date from the Potato Famine 1845 - 49.
Played on my Crafter TD06/N and recored in one take with Audacity.
My most grateful thanks to Samilyn for weaving her magic into the song - she will tell you what she did.
I greatly enjoyed working with Garthman on this collab and he asked me to post it for him this weekend, so here it is.
I felt the loss and longing expressed in this song, so wanted to give it a "Cathy-Heathclif" feel. Set the left-hand half of the keys to deep strings to darken the song a bit, and played flute on the right-hand half of the keys, just as if we were performing live together. My bit was also a 1-take shot after I figured out what I wanted to add to this lovely song.
Gareth sent me his mp3, which I loaded into Audacity. My bit was played on Yamaha PSR510 keys, recorded on Fostex MR8HD, then I mixed our respective tracks with Audacity.