The Lark in the Clear Air

Ah, the Irish, they can sing! Here’s the lovely Cara Dillon singing ‘The Lark in the Clear Air’, one of the best-known and best-loved of Irish traditional songs. That’s the Ulster Orchestra in the background; they’re not bad either.

The Mudcat discussion uncovers the information that this song was written by Samuel Ferguson around 1850. but it may have been an English translation of traditional Irish lyrics.

Cara Dillon is one of the best known young folk singers in Ireland today. Her website is here. She is married to Sam Lakeman, one of the three folkie Lakeman brothers (Sean, Seth, and Sam) from the west country of England. We had Sean in this series on July 11th, playing with his wife Kathryn Roberts.


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