Dusty Turtle


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The Wind that Shakes the Barley

Artist: Dusty T
Genre: Folk & Singer-Songwriter
Duration: 00:01:42

This Irish ballad was written in the mid-19th century by Robert Dwyer Joyce. I play it on a 3-string mountain dulcimer made of quilted maple by Bill Taylor and tuned a half note below the standard DAd.

Dusty Turtle
05/07/21 12:45:14PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, @jan-potts.  A couple of years ago I learned the reel that goes by this same name, and I kept running into this slow ballad. I finally decided to learn the ballad, too.

Jan Potts
05/06/21 01:31:59AM @jan-potts:

This was one of the first songs I heard played on the dulcimer, about 35 years ago.  You play it beautifully--love those chords!

Dusty Turtle
04/06/21 10:39:49PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks so much, @robin-thompson.  It's another pretty song on a pretty instrument and I just try to stay out of the way and not mess it up.

Robin Thompson
04/06/21 09:13:35PM @robin-thompson:

Such a beautiful tune wonderfully played, Dusty!  

Dusty Turtle
04/06/21 05:34:13PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, @leo-kretzner.  There is also a reel by this name , which I posted a few years ago. But this is a 19th-century ballad written to honor the soldiers of the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

Leo Kretzner
04/06/21 05:13:47PM @leo-kretzner:

Really, really nice, Dusty! Haunting and ancient sounding, not the up-tempo tune I assumed!