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A Journey Of The Imagination

Lo, A Great Light Has Come is a four song EP that will take you on a journey of the imagination. Featuring the Uilleann Pipes, a distinctly Irish instrument with a sweet, mellow, haunting sound and accompanied by a fusion of traditional Irish and classical instruments, these tunes — penned by Mac MacKenzie —surely would have sat comfortably in the repertoire of the Baroque/Classical period Irish harpers and pipers.

Track List and Description

  1. Planxty Warnock. It is not completely certain where the term "Planxty" originated. though some claim that it originated from the Gaelic word 'sláinte' (health), while others claim that the word was used to hide the true identity of the composer during the penal law era in Ireland, when traditional Irish song was banned. If you look at any online dictionary, you'll find 'planxty' defined as perhaps a 'medieval lament' or 'mournful tune written for the harp.' Another possibility is that it is an Anglicization of an Irish phrase meaning 'from the house of', which seems to fit the pattern of tunes written by the famous harper, Turlough O' Carolan. In essence, a planxty is a tune dedicated to a person or family and is the way the word is used in the title of this tune. Mac wrote this tune in 2011 for good friends and patrons of the same name.
  2. Lo, A Great Light Has Come. The title track of this EP is actually composed of two enchanting tunes that will take you to another time and another place. Written by Mac in 2011 and blended together in one set, 'Lo, A Great Light Has Come' and 'In The Company of Friends,' this set features the beautifully haunting Uilleann Pipes, along with a fusion of harp, tin whistle, flute, bodhran, pipe organ, harpsichord and strings.
  3. The Young Suitor. The Young Suitor is a bright, lively dance piece comprised of two Irish-style mazurkas, 'The Young Suitor' and 'The Merry Month Of May.' In this set, you'll hear the distinct sound of the Appalachian Dulcimer a folk instrument in the ancient Zither family. Though not historically a traditional Irish instrument, the Appalachian Dulcimer captures the spirit of the style and adds a unique flair and energy to the music.
  4. Amhrán an Leabhar. This traditional Irish ayre means Song of the Book. There is a story of a priest who once was crossing the narrows in his coracle. In those days, books were valuable and highly treasured, as they were produced entirely by hand, which was a time-consuming and expensive process. The priest had with him in the boat that day, a book that was quite dear to him. But the sea was particularly rough and the boat began to careen from side to side. As the priest tried to stabilize the boat, his precious book fell into the water and was lost forever. It is said, this song was written as he lamented the loss of his literary treasure. On this track, Mac performs Amhrán an Leabhar solo on the Uilleann Pipes.