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03 Forward Ar Aghaidh 4:40 min – track sample


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This is a more formal version of the tune which was originally composed in 1998. (see 01A – Ar Aghaigh – version 1). It is difficult today to imagine what a large army led by loud powerful instruments and bent on destruction may have sounded like. In the Gallic wars, Roman scribes reported soldiers being addled and losing reason through the sheer volume of sound created by opposing French Celtic armies. Musical instruments were still being used for this purpose at the beginning of the First World War in 1914 when German soldiers reportedly retreated in the face of an advancing British force led by Scottish great Highland pipers. Fortunately over-tracking technology allows for the creation of at least a flavour of what the real thing may have been like.

Simon O’Dwyer – trumpa créda (repeated)
Maria Cullen O’Dwyer – bodhrán (repeated)
Rod Callan – engineering, mastering, post mastering
Recorded at ‘The Works’ studio, Dublin, Ireland, May 2002

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