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Thomas "Doc" Grauzer
But You Don't Look Irish
Thomas "Doc" Grauzer But You Don't Look Irish

Wiccabilly Studios

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Thomas "Doc" Grauzer plays Irish harp, and man is he good at it! Doc's been playing a regular gig at Mother's vegetarian cafe in Austin Texas for some time now. His harp adds greatly to the ambiance of the garden where he plays.

Recently he came to Wiccabilly Studios to record his first disk of Irish harp music. The sessions were very relaxed, aside from the time the recording gear was picking up a Mexican radio station thru one of the channels. Rest assured, that particular track did not make it to the final mix.

These are Doc's own arrangements of various tradional tunes, very different from the raucus wiccabilly sound and goofy songs we usually record. All are instrumental pieces, so there are no pages here devoted to individual song lyrics. We've included Doc's comments for each tune, plus sample clips for you to hear by clicking on the hear a clip icons.

The disk contains the following cuts:

  • hear a clip Carolan's Welcome - Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) was one of the last and best-known of the harpers to the waning Irish aristocracy. He didn't name this piece; the Chieftains gave it this name in honour of the Pope's visit to Dublin in 1979.
  • hear a clip Hewlett - A lively Carolan drinking-song; the identity of the subject is unknown.
  • hear a clip Rhywbeth/Pob-peth (Something/Everything) - A couple of Welsh tunes I picked up from the 200-year-old "Musickal and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards", compiled by Edward Jones.
  • hear a clip Inisheer - Traditional
  • hear a clip Sidhe Beag, Sidhe Mór (Little Fairy Hill, Big Fairy Hill) - Another Carolan piece concerning the Sidhe people living under two adjacent hills in Co. Roscommon; local legend tells the story of the war that transpired between them until they had to unite to face a third Sidhe army.
  • hear a clip Carolan's Farewell to Music - This was the final tune Carolan composed, after he returned to the house of Mrs. MacDermott Roe, who paid for his first harp teaching and his first horse. He was then led upstairs to what would become his deathbed a week later, March 25th, 1738.
  • hear a clip Lady Gethin - The subject is Margaret Gethin, wife of Sir Richard Gethin, High Sheriff of Co. Sligo, in which Carolan had numerous patrons.
  • hear a clip Early One Morning - A traditional English tune. Dedicated to the memory of Bob Homme, the "Friendly Giant". "Look up...look waaaay up."
  • hear a clip For Ireland I'd Not Tell Her Name - Traditional
  • hear a clip Loftus Jones - Note the Baroque-era ornateness of the tune. Carolan's composition style was a hybrid of the Irish harp tradition and the new Baroque music of Italy.
  • hear a clip Eleanor Plunkett - Little is known of the Plunkett family, though there are several Carolan tunes composed for various of them. The second verse of the words (translated from Irish) intriguingly says of Ms. Plunkett, "Though there survives in this land/ Only you of your kindred."
  • hear a clip An Géanna Fiáin (The Wild Geese) - The Wild Geese were the Irish soldiers and nobility who, after the fall of Kinsale in 1601, fled to France in the futile hope that the French would engage in war with England, which Ireland would gladly cooperate with. The words of the song haven't come down to us, but it is the song the Irish women sang on the seashore as they watched their men sail away to fight and die for France.
Doc has also appeared as a guest musician on check out SONA's Spoonwalk disk SONA's Spoonwalk CD and on Loke E. Coyote's Pagan rock opera check out Druid Four Winds Druid Four Winds.

This is a great disk, especially if you're looking for background music to a romantic dinner or for meditation, and is now available for only $15 in our link Online Disk Store

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