Be Open to Something New (Also Score & Sound File: “The Oyster Wives’ Rant”)

March 17, 2008 on 11:50 am by Michael Grey | In Music, Score & Sound File, Tips | 7 Comments

In honour of St Patrick’s Day, a quote from the great Irish novelist, Jonathan Swift:

“It was a brave man who first ate an oyster”.


PS. Completely unrelated: attached here, “The Oyster Wives’ Rant”, a reel from my second book, “Music for Pipers” (1991). The quote reminded me of this excellent traditional tune, so here you go …

The Oyster Wives’ Rant_trad. Arranged Michael Grey

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  1. But where is the music ?

    Comment by YoannLeGoff — March 18, 2008 #

  2. In your soul, Yoann, in your soul. M.

    PS. Thanks for the reminder. My mistake in not posting the mp3 file

    Comment by mike — March 18, 2008 #

  3. Happy St Pat’s to you Mike. Cheers, Sean.

    Comment by Sean Mc — March 18, 2008 #

  4. You, too, Sean! Belgium bound yet? Mike

    Comment by mike — March 18, 2008 #

  5. Not yet, sometime in May though.

    Comment by Sean Mc — March 18, 2008 #

  6. I’ve always loved this tune.

    Comment by jamsie an t-sealgair — March 29, 2008 #

  7. Me, too, Seumas – I’d guess your grandfather would’ve played this on the fiddle. M

    Comment by mike — April 1, 2008 #

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