Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Port Na Bpucai, Tony MacMahon

Sacred and powerful.
This is the beautiful air Port na bPúcaí (The Music of the Ghosts) from the Blasket Islands. It was said that islanders heard a mystical music and thinking it was disquieted spirits composed this air using the notes they heard in an attempt to placate the unhappy ghosts. 

Recent thinking suggests that they were, in fact, listening to whale-song reverberating through the canvas hulls of their boats. 

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