8 responses to “Midweek Music Break: Clannad, “The Fairy Queen””

  1. Tessa

    I used to like the music of Clannad, especially in their early days. But I’ve never taken to Enya – too airy-fairy for my tastes. Speaking of which (fairies), to me, as a child, the Sidhe Beag were just the Little People and, like most Irish children of the time, I fervently believed in them.

    In those days, people in some rural parts of Ireland would dress their little boys in girls’ clothes, because they feared the Little People would steal them away. Into the late 60s and early 70s, it was quite common to see scruffy little boys running around the countryside in dresses.

    The Chieftains’ harpist, Derek Bell, released a wonderful album some years ago, called Carolan’s Receipt, which includes Sidhe Beag Sidhe Mor. I still have a copy on vinyl, although I believe it is available on CD.

  2. Nance

    We went through a period at my house where I played Celtic music in the background all the time. Something about the rhythms works well with my heartbeat and those minor keys hook my brain waves and alpha them out.

    We found the more martial beats perfect for house-cleaning and…odd, this…Christmas Tree trimming. When my daughter went away to college, she took several of the Celtic CD’s with her. She found they were perfect sound track for writing long research papers.

    I’ve often thought the Celts really understood war better than the rest of us. They knew it was all about destiny and doom and the unbearable lightness of being…they knew that they were “feast for a crow” (Sting)

  3. Tessa

    I think it was G. K. Chesterton who wrote “For the great Gaels of Ireland / Are the men that God made mad, / For all their wars are merry / And all their songs are sad.”

  4. Miriam

    Celtic music is the stuff I wrap myself in when I’m edgy and cranky and don’t want to deal with the world anymore. This song is gorgeous.

    (Love that quote too, Tessa.)

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