Welcome to our second video release – ‘Beggars Celts and Madmen’. This is the title track from our forthcoming album out for release shortly.
Below is a description of the storyline for the video and the concept and research behind the video and song. Please note you can also download the song from all the usual online retailers and music providers for your own listening enjoyment.
Can you imagine what it must have been like to live in Ireland around the year 1864? In the aftermath of the great famine of 1847 hunger and death was rife and eviction from their homes among the poor was commonplace. Those who were deemed ‘fortunate’ to leave their beloved homeland for America and other countries far and wide to strive for that better life for themselves and their relations, always attended a final mass to ask for protection and safe passage to that new life ahead. With the sadness they feel in having to leave their homeland behind, their conscience is racked with guilt and grief for taking that decision.
The Monks/Priests as sinister and terrifying as they look are actually harmless, but the emigrants see them differently as they feel they are betraying their parish by leaving and the Monks/Priests are frowning upon them for this reason. The epic journeys of these poor brave souls would have meant many challenges and hardships along the way.
Frankie, the whistle player in the video, represents those who were misguided and failed in their quest for a better life by being led astray. Hence the Pied Piper to failure!
Anna, the Banshee in the video, represents the more disastrous elements of their journey, in which a lot of the emigrants through illness and disease, never made it on those terrible ‘coffin ships’ with their final resting place being a dark and watery grave beneath the ocean and far from home.
Emily, the child in the red dress, represents the innocence and vulnerability of those poor emigrants who were led astray by both the Banshee and the Pied Piper’s sinister ways.
This song is dedicated to the memory of those brave Men, Women and Children that made those journey’s, who worked, fought and died to make a better life for themselves and their kin. To Celts all around the world, your hearts are with us.
The CD version only of the forthcoming album – Beggars Celts and Madmen will have full printed lyrics for this song and all the other songs featured on it. Make sure you buy an authorised CD to enjoy these benefits.
Special thanks to John Devine who played tin whistle on the track: johndevinemusic.com