FAERY SONG  [from ‘The Land of Heart’s Desire]

Cathy Jordan - vocals, bones
Kevin Burke - fiddle
Seamie O’Dowd - guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo

A lovely lilting song of fairies and bewitchment played by three of Sligo's finest, Dervish's Cathy Jordan on vocals joined by musicians Kevin Burke and Seamie O'Dowd. The poem is drawn from Yeats's play 'The Land of Heart's Desire,' steeped in Irish folklore and mythology, and set to music by Raymond Driver.

"Dervish frontwoman Cathy Jordan,  accompanied by singer and multi-
instrumentalist Seamie O’Dowd and fiddler Kevin Burke, provides [a] memorable...‘Faery Song’."  Songlines Magazine

"Burke doing what he does best while Jordan plays bones as the song plays out...could be mistaken for a traditional song with a light, dancing tune..."  Folking.com 

 

 

FAERY SONG 

The wind blows out of the gates of the day,  
The wind blows over the lonely of heart,  
And the lonely of heart is withered away  
While the faeries dance in a place apart,  
Shaking their milk-white feet in a ring,  
Tossing their milk-white arms in the air;  
For they hear the wind laugh, and murmur and sing  
Of a land where even the old are fair,  
And even the wise are merry of tongue;  
But I heard a reed of Coolaney say,  
‘When the wind has laughed and murmured and sung,  
The lonely of heart is withered away!’  

- William Butler Yeats