Track: Lafferty’s/Crock of Gold/Lady Birr/Abbey Reel
Album: Otherworld (1999)
Coming to you today is a little Irish ditty from Celtic band Lúnasa. Made up of four traditional Irish reels, distinguished by a fast paced 4/4 sixteenth note feel, this track will have you up dancing, or at the very least, tapping your toes.
This track, like all Celtic reels, is very fast. You can’t help but admire the playing ability of these musicians, keeping up the tempo and spicing up the tunes with interesting, subtle inflections. “Lafferty’s” starts off this medley with pipes playing at the characteristic blistering speed mentioned previously. From the beginning, the mellow bass and the strumming of the acoustic guitar support the headlining instrument, providing such support for all four reels. After the pipes finish it’s intricate repeating patterns, there is a beat of silence and the next reel, “Crock of Gold”, is picked up by the Irish flute. Still supported by bass and guitar, the flute continues at the same break neck pace as the pipes for the entirety of the reel. The pipes come back in, replacing the flute, for “Lady Birr”. At the end of this third reel, a run of high notes from the pipes signal the transition into the fourth tune, “Abbey Reel”, in which the flute joins the pipes for some impressive harmony.
This is a fun, light-hearted song. It may not be for everyone. Not everyone can appreciate the bagpipes, but if you allow it, this cheerful tune can put you in a good mood and increase your appreciation for beautiful Celtic music.
Didn’t fancy what you heard? Keep checking back! I’m going to be covering a large variety of music during my time here on The Harmony, so I’m bound to feature something you’d like. If a song seems unfamiliar or unconventional to you, I suggest giving it a try anyways. You’d be surprised what you can learn to like if you have an open mind!