1. Aisling

From the recording The Twilight Realm

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This tune is based on a tune called “Study in D” that I learned as a student at the Mercy Convent in Tuam, County Galway, from my harp teacher Sr. Eileen Walsh. I’m still trying to assimilate what she taught me. Its almost Victorian-like romanticism put me in mind of some of the19th century depictions of the supernatural world and the romanticized versions of faeries. Yeats, who was around during this time, actually believed he had a fairy encounter. His poetry (e.g. “Song of the Wandering Aengus”) is chock full of mythological allusions. He, along with Lady Gregory, collected hundreds of fairy stories. Scholars are reluctant to mention this side of Yeats’ nature, yet it was a huge driving force behind his creativity.