Lughnasadh Dance

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about

I first heard this song played by my good friends The Dolmen. Then a few years ago I found out that it was written by an American Bard called Gwydion back in the 1980s. He was one of the first recorded Pagan musicians. Sadly Gwydion Pendderwen died in the late 80s, but his songs still live on, so this is my tribute to him, and his legacy.

lyrics

Lughnasadh Dance
(Gwydion Pendderwen)

Lugh the light of summer bright clothed all in green
Tailtiu his mother true rise up and be seen

Chorus:
At the festival sound the horn, calling the people again
Child of Barleycorn, newly summerborn, ripening like the grain.

The child grew tall from spring to fall he's off to find a wife
But Balor came to make his claim and swore to take his life

The two did fight from noon 'till night when Lugh did strike him one
And Balor's eye flew in the sky and there became the sun

Lugh was wed and made his bed with Erin in the north
And there they lay for many a day and soon a child came forth

The child grew tall from spring to fall, Setanta was his name
And then at length by honor's strength CuChulainn he became

credits

from The Cauldron Born, released February 20, 2008

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Damh the Bard – is a modern-day Bard whose spirituality and love of folk tradition is expressed through his music, storytelling and poetry. Drawing on the Bardic tradition, his performances are both entertaining and educational, speaking directly to the heart, and never without a good splash of humour. ... more

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