This is for two friends of ours, family to us, Peter & Marie Savage. Both have a great love for Irish music and dance and have given a hell of a lot of time and effort towards supporting it in numerous ways, from sandwich bearing for sessions to organizing sessions - workshops - classes - fleadhs, volunteering and switching through different positions on boards in support of Comhaltas and its activities, many years worth. They are presently dealing with some damned difficult times. In 2016 it was discovered that Peter has pancreatic cancer, which has spread to his liver and bone marrow. Dear Marie has a trip of at least an hour there and an hour back to visit him in hospital. Castlerea, County Roscommon is their home and the hospital is in Ballinasloe, County Galway. We’re praying a bed can be found for him nearer to Marie, like Roscommon. I only wish we were there to help, at least without the Irish sea between here and there. Sometimes, having been there too often, all you’ve got is prayer ~ and music…
I know this is another kitchen tune, me preparing something while lilting and dancing and thinking about these two lovely people, but I can’t remember what I was making, though the old sourdough starter comes to mind. It being 6/8, kneading may have been part of the process…
Re: Awaiting A Title!?
A beautiful tune and while I was reading your little story, I thought of "Irish sea" as a title…
Re: "À Bientôt Peadar"
An email from a member made this come to mind, a bilingual title with several possible ways of reading it, but also open and optimistic…
Also just had a welcome contact with Peter. Peter’s back home and they’re planning to attend the upcoming session in Castlerea, and the launch of the fleadh in Roscommon. How I wish we could join him, lovely folk thereabouts… We hope to see you both soon.
"An La’ Nua"
I’ve just had this suggestion of a title from Peter, and as it is his tune so be it… Here’s how Peter presented this in an email today:
"It came to me last night, the title for the tune. An La’ Nua, The new day. You start a day with a blank sheet, and hope."
From: Peter Savage
Sent: 03 March 2018 18:08
Subject: RE: A tune in search of a title!?
14/04/2018 ~ R.I.P. Peter Savage
Peter passed away peacefully at home Saturday night, April 14th, 2018.
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