“Mo Ghile Mear” "My Gallant Boy" Bonnie Prince Charlie (Irish)

MO GHILLE MEAR Written by the eighteenth-century poet Seán Clárach Mac Dómhnaill, Mo Ghille Mear is a traditional allegorical song – similar to the Gaelic poetic form of the Aisling – in which the poet laments the departure of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie). As is customary, the poetic text portrays the land in decline in his absence. The drum used in this recording is the Irish single-headed frame drum, the bodhrán.

(1) A choral version from Ireland:

(2) This is the best version by Mary Black and performed correctly as a lament:

(3) The Highland Sessions Organized in Orkney, Scotland and bringing the best of Celtic and American singers (mostly Scots-Irish from Apalachia) rooted in the same tradition.

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