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Hazelnut Tea
Songs of the Gael & Gall

Thirteen songs for the thirteen moons, for the nine hazel trees heavy with fruit, draping o'er Connla's Well, wherein water splashes wildly to the tune of the Milky Way dressed as one rainbow salmon at play. 


Traditional Irish and Scottish songs, most in the English language, yet a few in the Gaeilge, andh a couple of originals written by Diarmuid Kilmartin. Put on your listening ears. Sit back with a cup'a. Close your eyes and imagine you are in a warm, dry pub on the wild, windy, wet, west coast of Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Clare, or Kerry...


Your feet are propped up by the fire, eyes closed, listening as the reels and slipjigs dance across the rolling green hills of your mind, and lifting the hearts of the other unnamed souls who have come here seeking succor. While through the music the sídhe roll ecstatically from soul to soul, a silent crofter from out past the hills and ringfort, by way of the old oak wood in the glen, has slipped through a side door into the dark pub. He need not be seen. He is a drop of Erin's dreaming. He lingers speculatively under a homespun tweed cloak in the thick shadows behind a smoke-blackened beam - holding up not only the low roof, but the dreams of Kathleen ní Houlihan and the freedom of the Children of Erin.

The lads have set down their pipes, squeeze box, guitar, and fiddle to hunt for a pint. And In the quiet vacuum that follows the passing of their reel, the crofter opens his bronzed voice in a haunting sean nós - the songs of Ireland's beautiful, sorrowful, free, and proud memory.


For this is how these songs are shared, heard and it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be...

01 Huntley TownJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 02:19
02 E nie nieJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 01:39
03 SummerlandJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 03:24
04 Traveler's PrayerJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 02:25
05 Garten Mother's LullabyJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 02:41
06 Hush, HushJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 03:43
07 Come By the HillsJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 02:29
08 Four Green FieldsJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 03:09
09 Martinmas RainJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 02:35
10 Martinmas RainAn FeakleJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 01:33
11 Loch te Boat SoreJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 03:02
12 Ship of FoolsJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 03:34
13 SummerlandSleighe HeadJeremy Schewe
00:00 / 02:42

Recorded in Whitney Moore-Roda's closet in Asheville, North Carolina in a dark winter of the year 2014 just after Midwinter.

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