Learn to Play the Irish Folk Song "The Lassie Who Had the Land"
I heard "The Lassie Who Had the Land" on a recording of a spectacular singer I never met. Her name was Bridget Tunney, and she was from Ireland, from the part of Donegal thatâ€™s hard up against Fermanagh. She sang like a human bagpipe. She had a very hard edge to her voice on certain notes. When I heard this song it took a long time for it to make sense for me, both what it was about and musically as well. But I couldnâ€™t get it out of my mind.
A version one often hears starts a little differently, going to the 5 note on â€śofâ€ť in â€śof a bright May morning.â€ť But I heard Bridget Tunney sing it down one more step (4), and that one just stuck with me.
Excerpted from Traditional Songs with Jody Stecher