Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Monthly Seisun

Celticado with Claudine Langille

  • On the last Thursday of each month from 7-9pm, Celticado will host a seisun 
  • The seisun is hosted at the studio of Adam Sweet in Granby, MA.  
  • This seisun is open to anybody from any background.  The seisun can include anyone from a completely rank beginner up to a seasoned professional!
  • All musical instruments are welcome.    
  • For a list of seisun tunes, click here
  • Some of the regular attendees of the Monthly Seisun include students from Adam Sweet's studio and Celtic group class.  To learn more about taking lessons or joining the weekly Celtic group, click here.
  • If you would like to attend, you need to RSVP.  Use the form on the sidebar to send us your contact information.  Please include your cell phone # in case we have to cancel the seisun and need to notify you.  Watch the weather report!  Generally speaking, if the schools in Granby or Amherst are closed that day, there won't be a Seisun that night.
  • Because we move downstairs to a heated basement in the winter, there is LIMITED SEATING, so it is IMPERATIVE that you RSVP.  We cannot guarantee there will be space if you show up without notice.  The winter room has space for about 12 musicians only.
  • Spring/Summer Seisuns are held in a large sunroom porch with space for about 30 musicians.
  • Because this is an open seisun, anyone may suggest a tune when it comes to them.  We do go around a circle, however, so everybody will get a chance to suggest one.
  • There is a leader each month!  Our leaders include Adam Sweet (fiddle, mandolin, guitar) who is the owner of the venue; Claudine Langille (banjo, mandolin, guitar) a master seisun leader from VT - formerly of Touchstone and now Gypsy Reel; and James "Jim" Bunting (bouzouki, guitar, banjo) - formerly of the Butcher Boys and Woodkerne.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

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Any connoisseur of traditional Irish music and song would be pardoned for viewing the title of this song with a certain amount of suspicion, having subconsciously put it on a par with such nauseous pieces of work as Paddy McGinty's Goat, Galway Bay, My Heart's In the Heart of Killarney or for that matter any of those songs pertaining to the 'Isle of Shamrocks and Shillelaghs'. [...] However, titles can be misleading, as is this one, and the song is in fact traditional - again a Northern one and probably from Donegal - and at most can be faulted on the rather over-sentimental and hence somewhat unrealistic treatment of emigration.


From Derry quai we sailed away
On the 23rd of May
We were taken on board by a pleasant crew
Bound for Americay
Fresh water there we did take on
Five thousand gallons or more
In case we'd run short going to NewYork
Far away from the Shamrock shore.

So fare thee well, sweet Lisa dear
And likewise to Derry town,
And twice farewell to my comrades bold,
Who still dwell on that sainted ground
If ever fortune will favour me
And I do have money in store,
I will come back and wed the sweet Lassie I left
On Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

We sailed three days, we were all seasick
And no-one on board was free,
We were all confined unto our bunks
With no one to pity poor me,
No fond mother dear, no father kind
To comfort my head went to sore
This made me think more on the wee girl I left
On Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore.

We savely reached the other side
In fifteen and twenty days,
We were taken as passengers by a man
And led round in six different ways,
So each of us drunk a parting glas
In case that we never meet more,
And we bade farewell to old Ireland
And Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore.

So fare thee well, sweet Lisa dear
And likewise to Derry town,
And twice farewell to my comrades bold,
Who still dwell on that sainted ground
If fame or fortune will favour me
And I do have money in store,
I'll go back and I'll wed the wee Lassy I left
On Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore.