Premiere

By Kornog

  1. Dans Loudieg
  2. The Demon Lover
  3. Ton Bale
    Son Ar Rost
  4. Dans An Dro
  5. Jesuitmont
  6. Ton Bale Mur Ha Dans
  7. Gwerz Ar Marc’Hadourig Bihan
    Autrefois Disait Un Guerrier
    Ton Dérobée
  8. Bonnie Jean Cameron
  9. Laridé
    An Dro
  10. War Hent Kerrigourac’h
    Sheriffmuir

Five comments

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Hello all, does anybody know if Kornog’s song Jesuitmont is a Scottish, Irish, or Breton tune and song, or if it is a creation by the band themselves?

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https://youtu.be/Vr24SNn_xZM


No longer have the album, unfortunately, so can’t remember anything from the sleeve notes. From what I do remember, having heard "Kornog" perform it at the Lorient Festival [ 1986, I think ], Jamie based the lyrics on a traditional song, most probably Scottish, because he was always very good at digging up old songs from books. I have a feeling the tune may be based on a Breton dance tune. You’d need to either ask Jamie himself, or get hold of the sleeve notes of either the LP record or CD. My guess would be a SCottish / Irish "fusion", and it’s certainly a highly original arrangement, or "creation", if you like, of the band themselves.
I don’t believe there’s any Irish connection to the song.
Hope this helps.
PS - probably the only song, traditional or otherwise, where somebody ends up as the ingredients of a pie !

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PS - shame that there’s no comments on this recording in the 12 years since it was posted. It is absolutely brilliant, very reminiscent of a Scottish / Breton "Planxty", in the prominent use of bouzouki, and every bit as good, IMHO.

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Thank you Kenny; it is a shame that few people have been talking about Kornog on here; its a band that has really not come up on the folk scene where I am that much (I discovered it on iTunes). And your notes were very helpful. The song makes me think a little bit of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus with the whole pie business.

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I have the sleeve notes here if you’re still curious:

Jesuitmont - Traditional/McMenemy
This is an old ballad (SCOTCH BALLADS: MATERIAL FOR BORDER MINSTRELSY, from Jean Scott), the words of which were given to Jamie about seven years ago by a friend, Elaine Petrie. Child, in his collection, mentions this ballad, in which the stepmother has her stepdaughter chopped up and cooked, then served to her husband in a pie. It is mentioned in connection to Lady Diamond (Child #269) where the kitchen boy, lover to the King’s daughter, has his heart torn out and served up to the Princess in a cup of gold. Here the kitchen boy tries to save the daughter, and is rewarded in the end, leaving behind what can only be called a hazardous occupation. This probably originates with the whole series of ballads having themes on variations of tales in the famous Italian DECAMERON.

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