16th century

notes and references

1. For example, Information for Ireland, 1561: Nowe comes the rymer that made the ryme with is Rakry the Rakry is he that shall vtter the Ryme and the Rymer him selfe sittes by with the captin verie proudlye. he bringes with him also his harper who please all the while that the Raker singes the ryme

i.e. Now we see the poet that composed the poem, with his singer. The singer is the person that sings the poem, and the poet himself sits watching with the lord. The poet also has in his retinue his harper, who plays to accompany the singer's performance.

Text from Alan J. Fletcher, "Drama and the Performing Arts in Pre-Cromwellian Ireland: A Repertory of Sources and Documents from the Earliest Times until c.1642", D. S. Brewer, 2000, p. 172

2. John Derricke, The Image of Irelande, London, 1581.

3. William Gillies ‘Music and Gaelic Strict-metre Poetry’ Studia Celtica Volume 44, Number 1, January 2010

4. Ballinderry Fragments; Castle Otway harp. (www.earlygaelicharp.info/harps)

5. www.earlygaelicharp.info/sources

6. Scotts Lamentation, or Cumha Caoine an Albannaich, was reputedly composed in 1599. It was noted by Edward Bunting from the playing of Denis O'Hampsey in the 1790s; the earliest and best notations are in Queens University Belfast, MS4 29 pp 158 & 159. For more info see Alasdair Codona's web article 'Gaelic Harmony' at www.calumcille.com

7. Port Preist appears in the Straloch lute book c. 1627-9 and also under the title 'Port Robart' in the Wemyss lute book of 1643-4; it is also printed in Daniel Dow's Collection of Ancient Scots Music, 1776 where it is attributed to Rory Dall. However it may be older. For more info see Alasdair Codona's web article 'Gaelic Harmony' at www.calumcille.com



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