The first tune is the melody of a song composed in 1890 by Pádraig Ó Máille. The lyrics tell of the immigrant’s loneliness, homesickness and despair. “The Drunken Gauger,” on the other hand, is an old set dance from West Clare which celebrates a (sadly) defunct profession involving pub-hopping government employees. The tune is associated with two late legendary West Clare fiddlers – Bobby Casey and Junior Crehan.
Grey: harmonium; Paddy: anglo concertinaSliabh Geal gCua na Feile (Bright Beautiful Mt. Cua)/The Drunken Gauger