Song: Dear Heart

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Conor Doherty (vocal, acoustic guitar), Pete Quinn (piano), Elma McElligott (low whistle), Karen Ryan (low whistle).
In this second Joyce setting, another three-stanza poem from Chamber Music, the speaker talks of the impending dissolution of love, which he attributes to his beloved. Throughout the collection, the recurring motif of the wind reflects the state of the unfolding relationship. Here, the garden is in shadow, love will soon be dissolved, and the winds are wild: “And soon shall love dissolved be/When over us the wild winds blow”. This line provided us with the album title.


Dear heart, why will you use me so?
Dear eyes that gently me upbraid,
Still are you beautiful – but O,
How is your beauty raimented!

Through the clear mirror of your eyes,
Through the soft sigh of kiss to kiss,
Desolate winds assail with cries
The shadowy garden where love is.

And soon shall love dissolved be
When over us the wild winds blow –
But you, dear love, too dear to me,
Alas! why will you use me so?


from Wild Winds, released April 10, 2017



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Celebrating the timeless melodic beauty of traditional Irish music and more, Artisan Row brings together four well-known figures from London's traditional Irish music scene. First performing together in this combination at the 2012 Ennis Trad Festival, the quartet uses its rich textural palette to set the material in striking and ear-catching ways while always respecting the primacy of the melody. ... more

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