The Little Country

By Charles De Lint

Added by Tracie .
  1. The Quarrelsome Piper
  2. Life Is All Chequered
  3. The Sailor’s Return
  4. The Creeping Mouse
  5. The Hunt
  6. What The Devil Ails You?
  7. Off She Goes
  8. Pull The Knife And Stick It Again
  9. The Dogs Among The Bushes
  10. The Unfortunate Cup Of Tea
  11. The Wheels Of The World
  12. The Piper’s Despair
  13. The Moving Bog
  14. Four Bare Legs Together
  15. Silly Old Man
  16. The Conundrum
  17. When Sick Is It Tea You Want?
  18. Touch Me If You Dare
  19. Border Spirit
  20. The Bargain Is All Over
  21. Leppadumdowledum
  22. Constant Billy
  23. The Man Who Died And Rose Again
  24. So There I Was
  25. Tottering Home
  26. Fortune My Foe
  27. Kick The World Before You
  28. The Eagle’s Whistle
  29. The Touchstone
  30. Some Say The Devil Is Dead
  31. Absurd Good News
  32. Contentment Is Wealth
  33. Johnny Cope
  34. The Foxhunter’s
  35. The Foxhunter’s
  36. Miss McLeod’s
  37. Hal-an-Tow

Two comments

The Little Country (novel) by Charles de Lint

The novel takes place in and around Mousehole (pronounced Mouzel) in Cornwall, and at one point a character explains why Irish traditional music and sessions figure prominently in the Cornish setting. The first 32 tunes are used as chapter titles, with the rest mentioned in the text.

#19, Border Spirit is by Northumbrian piper Billy Pigg (1902-1968), the favorite musician of character Janey Little, also a piper.

#21, Leppadumdowledum was composed by Donal Lunny.

#24, So There I Was was composed by John Kirkpatrick.

#31, Absurd Good News is one of 16 tunes "composed" by Janey Little (de Lint, actually) and appended to the book.

The Little Country by Charles De Lint

I just finished re-reading this book again — for at least the fourth time, and I’ve been picking Janey’s (De Lint’s) tunes from the appendix on my harp all week. I’m glad to hear of another lover of De Lint’s work. Thanks for posting the music, Tracie.