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Philip II of Spain was a supporter of O'Neill and sent some 3,000 Spanish troops to Ireland in 1601. Foriano Pico's book Nuova scelte...per la chitarra spaniuola (Naples, 1608) is one of the earliest printed examples of typical Spanish guitar dances that gained great popularity throughout Europe in the early seventeenth century. The song Sta Note is taken from A Musicall Banquet (London, 1610), a collection of some of the most popular Spanish, French and English songs of the period, compiled by John Dowland's son Robert.
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.