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From the Cd Flow My Tears:musical journeys with the Flight of the Earls. Performed by the Irish Traditional Music Ensemble and the Early Music Ensemble of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and recorded in Saint Teresa's Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin, November 2006. Produced by Steve Cooney, recording engineer Ben Rawlins, early music co-ordinator Laoise O'Brien, CD co-ordinator Odhran O Casaide, executive producer Kerry Houston and graphic design Mark Greene.

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The love song Eleanor a Run (Eleanor my secret love) is unusual in that it is in the form of a dialogue. It was composed in the sixteenth century but became attributed to the early seventeenth century harper Cearbhal Ua Dalaigh because of his love poems to Eleanor Cavanagh, daughter of Sir Morgen Cavanagh of Clonmullen Castle, Co. Carlow. The melody of the song was included in Charles Coffey's opera The Beggar's Wedding in 1728 and Edward Bunting published a variant of the air in his A General Collection of Ancient Irish Music (1796) which he collected from the harper Denis Hempson.

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