Will Millar played and wove the thread for this Celtic Tapestry with his Irish Whistles of all shapes and sizes, Lude and Bodhràn. John Ellis from Melodeon Studios in Chemainus, BC, Canada, joined Will Millar in Ireland with his "enchanted portable recording studio".
Here's a big hand across the water: Thanks to Colm Sands of the fine Spring Recording Studio in Rostrevor, County Down, and his brother Tommy Sands and their lovely families for all the hospitality and help in finding the best equipment and players. To Marcus Jamieson of the great Hilsea Bed and Breakfast overlooking the Sea and Coastline of Ballycastle, County Antrim, where we held our "midnight court." Come visit! Cheers! to John Watt, the Singing Farmer, who is our main man in North Antrim!
Just underneath the surface of everyday worries and the rush of modern living, there is a quiet place.
It is a much sought-after refuge, a post of wonder we used to know as a child, a fragrant garden full of warm memories that we need to explore every so often. How can we escape to that place where we can discover some enchantment once again?
The Irish farmer-poet James Kavanaugh spoke in his poem Pegasus about his soul being like an old horse, "offered for sale at 20 fairs." After years of flying to find a trace of that enchantment in the world he finds the answer,
"So I said to my soul — my horse, Halters off. never more will they go on.
No more haggling with the world, on the south side of ditches there is grazing in the sun.
And when I said these words he grew wings upon his back,
And now I can fly home to any land m imagination ever knew."
I would like to think that as you let the music spin you will find your thoughts travelling to other times and quieter places. Hopefully you will Find that warm side o the ditch, where you can lie down for a while in the long grass and rediscover some of that enchantment and grow wings upon your back. And fly with the music to any place your imagination yearns for.