This unusual hornpipe comes from the Ballyshannon area. Long after the language had died out in the area the tune was always referred to by its Irish title. Its name, the Cuckoo’s Storm, refers to an old local belief that the first winds of April brought the cuckoo to Ireland. Scairbhín translates as ‘the rough month of the cuckoo’ from the phrase ‘garbh mi na gcuach’, and refers to the last two weeks of April and the first two weeks of May. Read more in Stracomer Press’ upcoming Songs Of Erne: Volume One.
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Stoirm a’ Cúcóg brass arrangement by Donal McGuinness.