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Bonny Portmore

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Duration: 00:02:59
"Bonny Portmore" is an Irish traditional folk song which laments the demise of Ireland's old oak forests, specifically the Great Oak of Portmore or the Portmore Ornament Tree, which fell in a windstorm in 1760 and was subsequently used for shipbuilding and other purposes.

I recorded this well known song on the basis of the arrangement of Nina Zanetti from her beautiful book "The softer Side of Dulcimer".

Please find following the lyrics:

O bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand
And the more I think on you the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before
All the lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore.

O bonny Portmore, I am sorry to see
Such a woeful destruction of your ornament tree
For it stood on your shore for many's the long day
Till the long boats from Antrim came to float it away.

All the birds in the forest they bitterly weep
Saying, "Where shall we shelter or where shall we sleep?"
For the Oak and the Ash, they are all cutten down
And the walls of bonny Portmore are all down to the ground.


I would be happy if you enjoyed it...

(Best listened to it with headphones!)







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12/07/19 08:49:32AM @ariane:

@Jp and @Macaodha - thank you very much flower

12/06/19 07:26:15AM @macaodha:


12/05/19 09:05:42PM @jp:

I like B Portmore... it was on my list back in the day. :) I did it in a medley... but I forgot what other tunes I played with it.  😕

12/05/19 04:33:46AM @ariane:

@Dusty-Turtle  Hi Dusty, thank you very much again bighug  - I appreciate your very kind comment.

Yes - I love Nina's arrangements - I got two of her wonderful books for Christmas last year from my dear friends Elaine and Dean. (@Elvensong)

(During this year I have recorded several tunes from her books. If you like to hear them please find them on my page here.)

Dusty Turtle
12/04/19 09:37:03PM @dusty-turtle:

This is excellent, Ariane.  I am enjoying this tune again.  Even before the other instruments join in, you play the solo dulcimer with precision and stately emotion.

Nina has some great arrangements, doesn't she?

11/27/19 07:07:23AM @ariane:

Thank you so much, @Bob, @Dusty-Turtle, @Steven-Berger, @Betty-Bj-Jordan, @John-Turner - for your very kind comments. 

I am so happy that you like it. grphug

John Turner
11/26/19 03:52:02PM @john-turner:

Nicely played Ariane, lovely tune played on " Student Dulcimer " of which I have one.

Excellent multi track !!  I've learnt some history too. Thanks.

Kind Regards, John T.

BJ Jordan
10/26/19 02:28:29PM @betty-bj-jordan:

Very nicely done. One of my very favorite tunes. 


Steven Berger
10/25/19 09:07:47PM @steven-berger:

Beautifully played, Ariane!

Dusty Turtle
10/25/19 07:58:21PM @dusty-turtle:

Very nice, Ariane. You really capture the mournful but stately nature of the tune.

10/25/19 01:31:49PM @bob:

Just so beautiful. I love your music so much smiler