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in the traditions of Celtic, Folk, and Old Time Music and their cultures
Created by Patrick O-Shaun Young, That KelticDead Guy
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The Ballad of "Impossible Tasks" has been a favorite of folk musicians long before there was a faire in Scarborough, England.
This "ballad" is about an event concerning a young girl being approached by an unwanted suitor, and how she cleverly tells the man that she is not interested.
As I changed the first stanza back to ones from the original tales found in several collections, I'm calling this one, "Going to the Fair."
It's not known exactlywhere or when or about whom this tune was actually written, but it is believed to be from the time when King Henry II of England sent in Norman knights into Ireland to counter "Strongbow's" claim in Ireland. This invasion was the beginning of the Anglo-Irish rebellions that lasted nearly 800 years.
One of the conquering knights was known to wear all black and even wielded a black sword. For his service, he was given Irish land along the Slaney river. He was then referred to as Lord Dugh Slainey or Delaney.
This KelticDead Music Broadside is an update of an earlier tune that I created that is in the traditions of Celtic music. A made-public tune that supports the mood of this Broadside about the origins of our "Christmas tide" and the spirits we see during this time.
As part of the KelticDead Initiative, this arrangement is for play with the D Celtic whistle as a solo with the bodhran. Earnie Taft ( Irish Rogues ) helped me to keep the tune in the traditions.
After this Broadside, you will never see Santa Claus the same way again.