Do you know that Dieb illustrated the cover of our “Rakish Paddies” CD? You can find the CD in our Webshop!
In 2014, we released our last CD and this is for all of us a favorite. Until the new one we plan to release this year that is! Continue reading “William…the bearded Queen of Hearts!”
You can order our great T-shirts (black or green) in our Webshop! Continue reading “T-shirts also available online! Black and Green”
We hope you will be as happy as we are with our CD Clubs! Continue reading “This 3-leaf clover will bring you luck!”
As announced in the Rapalje Show of last Sunday, we are selling kilts for men and women at our Merchandise stall (see video)! Continue reading “Have you always wanted to belong to the Rapalje Clan?”
Fairytale of New York in São Paulo Brazil at the Odin’s Krieger Festival.
William is adding another piece to the recording puzzle for our new album. The interview with Sean Cannon from the Dublin Legends continues. And I show you around at the Rapalje Zomerfolk Festival until the gates open. While I’m wearing a T-shirt from the band Scotch
Continue reading “William adds another piece to the puzzle – Rapalje Show 17”
Home Is Where My Friends Are – Pride of Petravore by Rapalje celtic folk music: I’d like to introduce you to the band that’s playing. Song written by William from Rapalje
We have some new topics in this video like an interview with Sean Cannon from the Dublin Legends (The Dubliners). And I show you how we managed to perform at a concert in the south of Germany at the Klosterfest in Maulbronn on friday with a nightliner when we were organizing the Zomerfolk festival in a north of the Netherlands. Where we had to perform at saturday!
Continue reading “With a nightliner from Groningen NL to Maulbronn DE and back – Rapalje Show 16”
“Star of the County Down” is an Irish ballad set near Banbridge in County Down, in Northern Ireland. The words are by Cathal McGarvey (1866–1927) from Ramelton, County Donegal.The tune is similar to several other works, especially that of the English “Dives and Lazarus”, also called “Kingsfold”, well known from several popular hymns.
The melody was also used in an Irish folk song called “My Love Nell”.
The lyrics of “My Love Nell” tell the story of a young man who courts a girl but loses her when she emigrates to America.The only real similarity with “Star of the County Down” is that Nell too comes from County Down. This may have inspired McGarvey to place the heroine of his new song in Down as well. McGarvey was from Donegal.
“The Star of the County Down” uses a tight rhyme scheme. Each stanza is a double quatrain, and the first and third lines of each quatrain have an internal rhyme on the second and fourth feet: [aa]b[cc]b. The refrain is a single quatrain with the same rhyming pattern.
The song is sung from the point of view of a young man who chances to meet a charming lady by the name of Rose (or Rosie) McCann, referred to as the “star of the County Down”. From a brief encounter the writer’s infatuation grows until, by the end of the ballad, he imagines wedding the girl.
The song usually begins with the opening verse:
Near Banbridge town, in the County Down, one morning last July
Down a bóithrín green came a sweet cailín,
And she smiled as she passed me by
Rapalje is performing “Ride On” at The Balver Höhle: The Balve Cave is the biggest cultural cave in Europe. It is located in Balve, Germany. And every year the Festspiele Balver Höhle organization is presenting the Balver Höhle Irish folk & Celtic Music Festival.