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The Wild Geese

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Size: 2,686kb, uploaded 5/31/2017 8:42:26 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This traditional air honors the Irish soldiers who left Ireland to fight for France. The last time they left marked the 1691 Treaty of Limerick , a momentous time in Ireland's history which ended the Williamite war and the reign of King James, who left, too, after the Battle of the Boyne (which has a namesake tune as well). When the Chieftains recorded The Wild Geese they were picturing women singing on shore while the soldiers sailed off forevermore to fight elsewhere. At the end of my recording listen for the geese flying off...

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