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The Strings of Youth

Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier

Our cover photo for the current issue comes from photographer and writer Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier. It’s a deeply evocative impression of a girl engrossed in her fiddle. The image is called “Strings of Youth,” and we think that concentrated immersion reflects the writing you’ll find in the Wild Musette Journal.

We asked Karen about this particular image, her process, and use of music in her visual artwork. This is what she had to say.

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Poor Molly Malone

The Ballad of Molly Malone is a popular Irish song sung in pubs around the world and especially in Dublin. It tells of young Molly, a poor fishmonger, selling her wares of cockles and mussells from her pushcart. We’re featuring an adaptation of that song as the title piece for the Wild Musette Journal #1701.

Writer Shannon Connor Winward drew on the popular song to create her own, much darker, version. In the original, as in many good Irish ballads, the hero dies, though we don’t know the circumstances. Winward follows up on Poe’s theme of being being buried alive to give new meaning to the song’s refrain of “Alive, Alive-Oh!”

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Irish Set Dance

Join us for an evening of Irish set dancing with special guest caller Larre Reeves. Larre can often be found in County Clare dancing or playing the concertina and mandolin. We are lucky that he will be sharing his favorite dances with us. Beginners are welcome and all dances will be taught. Full details are available […]

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