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The Wolfe Tones - Let the People Sing

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Published on Oct 4, 2008

Music has been a big part of Irish life from day one. The High King of Ireland, Cormac MacArt (AD 254-277) was know as 'Ceolach' meaning musical. He was surrounded by musicians and singers. The Great music school of St.Gall was founded by the Irish Abbot Meongal. Ireland became a musical school for people across the sea in ancient times. The Saxon Kings recieved their tuition from the Irish. Irish settlers in Wales introduced the Welsh to Celtic minstrelsy and taught them the music of Erin. The English were also musically inspired by the ancient Irish. Alfred the Great sought help from the Abbot of Clonmacnoise to set up musical universities like the Irish had.

John of Salesbury once said in 1099 -"there would be no music at all but for the irish"

The first book on the theory of music in the english language was written by a Dubliner William Bathe in 1584.

Irish music was loved and inspired the people. Some lords used music to inspire men to fight. The Norman invaders detested this so much they passed laws banning Harpers, Bards, and ballad singers.

This music survived all of that and is alive to this very day inspiring people in song. Songs about opression, the Great Famine, Foreign occupation can all be heard today. Many would like it to be silenced....

Let the People Sing!

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