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Long Last - Wraith of the Borderland 
(Doherty/Richards; Lament: traditional)

One of our favourite songs and one that is again in our live repertoire. Pat's words capture well the feeling of a bleak and wild landscape, cold stone castle walls and ghosts lurking in the dark corners, just out of sight. The instrumental played by Frances on the whistle at the beginning and end of the song is a traditional Northumbrian pipe tune called 'The Lament of the Border Widow'. The drone behind the whistle is a hurdy-gurdy. Frances plays double-tracked whistle for the counterpoint instrumental in the middle and under the last verse before Alice's vocal soars up into echo heaven.

 

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Tracks

1. Long Last 
2. Wraith of the Borderland 
3. Sir Richard 
4. Roses 
5. Come Dance 
6. Thursday's Childe 
7. The Simple Heathen 
8. When Winter Walks 
9. Sovay 
10. Desperate Measures 
11. Traitor's Gate 
12. Lagan Love