As legend would have it, there was once a fair maiden who roamed the isles of Athenry, a small medieval town outside of Galway. It was said she was a Birmingham, and a sweet young soul that met a terrible fate. One that would leave her haunting the hills of this quiet hollow, searching for centuries to come. They call her the Lady of the Green.
Some say that the maiden sneaks around Athenry Castle as she waits for her beloved to come back from the Mac an Larla wars. Others say the Protestants stole her away before her family could hastily retreat. And then there is the town fable. The tale of a clandestine love affair our lady may have once had with a priest. The Ordo Praedicatorum has founded within the castle walls after all.
Our Lady of the Green playlist is yet another tribute to the Celtic music created in Ireland. This time, we decided to create our own tiny tale to tie in with these tracks. One that we hope you can hear throughout the playlist as you listen along. Be sure not to miss The Willow Maid by Erutan and The Fields of Athenry, as sung by Brier.
For the paper thin shadows scarcely seen on the haunted castle grounds. A flitter of lady’s laughter caught up in the breeze. The one who sweeps her hands along the shamrocks just to show those who care she’s really there. For the tendrils of fiery red caught just out of the corner of one’s eye as they watch the sunset over the hills of Athenry. For Lady Birmingham. For the Lady of the Green.
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