The Wishing Tree

By Seamus McGuire

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  1. The Wishing Tree
  2. An Leanbh Aimhreidh
    The Troubled Child
  3. Her Mantle So Green
  4. Larghetto
  5. Aly’s
  6. Gabriel’s Message
  7. Hurmuri
    The Charmer
  8. We And The Moon Are Neighbours
  9. Captain O’Kane
  10. My Heart Commends Itself To You
  11. Leaving Lerwick Harbour
  12. Hina
  13. So Ben Mi Ch’a Bon Tempo
    I Know Who Is Carefree

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The Wishing Tree

I remember when I bought this CD many years ago, I just kept playing it over and over. Sean McGuire’s playing is exquisite and the whole album is just beautiful music, with an irresistible charm. This album remains one of my favourite albums of all time.

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There is a beautiful poem on the back of the CD titled ‘The Wishing Tree’ by Seamus Heaney
The Wishing Tree
I thought of her as the wishing tree that died
And saw it lifted, root and branch to heaven,
Trailing a shower of all that had been driven

Need by need by need into its hale
Sap wood and bark, coin an pin and nail
Came streaming from it like a comet-tail

New-minted and dissolved. I had a vision
Of an airy branch head rising through damp cloud,
Of turned up faces where the tree had stood.

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