We have a new channel, WETA-UK, that's doing reruns of BBC series. And tonight I saw an episode of Ballykissangel for the first time. A kid plays fiddle in the local ethnic pride festival, and is backed up by the local adults. It reminded me of something I haven't thought about in a long while, Eddie Rabbitt's "Song of Ireland." As it turns out, there's a very nice illustrated version of it on YouTube -- that's only had 557 hits, and deserves many more. So I'm telling you guys about it, and if you like it, share it:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsSVVlFCgR4
By way of a footnote, the late Eddie Rabbitt was the son of an Irish fiddler who moved to New Jersey (where Eddie was born). At the beginning of the recording, that's his dad playing solo fiddle in Eddie's Nashville back yard -- where btw I was a frequent visitor (because a close friend shared a duplex with him). At the end, the same track is overdubbed, with a bunch of Nashville studio musicians filling in other parts to "back" Thomas Rabbitt, in their impression of an Irish band. They aren't strictly authentic, but could be a lot worse. This song speaks simply but deeply to the same motivations that have gotten a lot of us into this field of study and research. Enjoy.