Mountain Stream (2)

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MOUNTAIN STREAM [2], THE. Irish, Barndance. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. A composition of flute player Vincent Broderick (1920–2008), originally from Bullaun, north of Loughrea, County Galway. Broderick told Charlie Piggott, in his book Blooming Meadows (1998) written with Fintan Vallely, that he was inspired by listening to the babbling of the [River] Liffey in the Dublin mountains, where it rises near Sally's Gap. At that point the Liffey is just enlarging to become a river and is spanned by an iron bridge. Broderick was sitting at the spot listening to the water rush over the rocks, with the wind whistling over the heather, and watching a stray bird or two. He says he tried to capture the sound of the water and the birds in his tune.

Vincent Broderick

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Vallely & Piggott (Blooming Meadows), 1998; p. 44.

Recorded sources: Kathryn Tickell – "Instrumental" (2007).




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