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08 The Butterfly 6:22 min – track sample

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08 The Butterfly 6:22 min

The butterfly is an unusual interpretation of a traditional Irish tune composed by Tommy Pots and originally recorded by the Bothy Band in 1975. This version is played in three parts, the first as a slow air, the second as a reel and ending again as a slow air. The melody is emotionally expressed on a flute depicting the life of the butterfly whilst the accompanying horns represent the surrounding flying insect hum. As the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis, mandola, mandolin and bodhrán come in to celebrate the new brief life. Finally the air mourns the passing of a beautiful creature. Ancient Music Ireland is very grateful to Pat Power who allowed this recording to be included from his album ‘Sin a Bhfuil’ (SHIN A WILL).

Derek O’Shea – flute
Pat Power – mandola
Gerry Whelan – mandolin
Kevin Whelan – mandolin
Perry Power – bodhrán
Simon O’Dwyer – dord íseal and dord ard
John Hicks – sound engieer, masterer
Tommy Pots – original composition copyright Woodtown Music
Harry Bradshaw – post mastering
Recorded at The Old Post Office, Corrandulla, Co. Galway, Ireland, 2004

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