04 Santa’s Reel 3:14 min
This lively dance tune was composed by the five participating musicians on the day of the concert to celebrate the Bronze Age musical instruments of North Western Europe. Horns of the Irish, Scottish and British family from Germany combined with a lur. Percussion was played on Bronze Age hand bells and a frame drum known as the bodhrán in Ireland. This was the only instrument for which there is no actual evidence in the Bronze Age, yet these drums do occur in ancient civilizations around the world. The tempo is based on 4/4 reel time. The musicians had played together previously on many occasions and their experience is clearly manifest in the accuracy and driving energy of the tune. The sound begs the question as to how complex the music may actually have been in Europe circa. 3,000 years ago .
John Purser – dord íseal (large end-blown bass Bronze Age trumpet) and crotal (Bronze Age hand bell)
John Meskell – dord íseal (large end-blown bass Bronze Age trumpet)
Joachim Schween – Lur, Maria Cullen O’Dwyer – bodhrán
Simon O’Dwyer – adharc (side- blown Bronze Age horn)
Sussex horn (mid-range end-blown Bronze Age trumpet) and crotal (Bronze Age hand bell)