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The Chicken's Gone to Scotland

from Leaving Lurgangreen by Sarah Markey

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A few years ago when I was visiting family in Dundalk, Ireland, I was listening to a radio programme where local fiddler Gerry O’Connor was talking about the first tune in this set “The Chicken’s Gone to Scotland”. After speaking to him to find out more, he told me he had heard an older lady asking where The Chicken was, her youngest child. He had always thought that the story of the Chicken going to Scotland was a light hearted expression. However he was told that the Chicken was the Lamar’s youngest child to leave home and emigrate. I felt that this tune was very appropriate for me to record as my granny was the youngest of her siblings to move to Scotland and she was also from Dundalk, co. Louth where the tune originated from.

The Chicken’s Gone to Scotland was written down and published in the Louth Archaeological Journal 1909 and is also well documented in O’Connor’s book “The Rose in the Gap.”

The second tune in this set is a version I learned from Dàimh’s “Moidart to Mabou” album and the third is a tune by Leitrim fiddle player Joe Liddy (1906-1992), another of my favourite composers.


from Leaving Lurgangreen, released May 6, 2022
The Chicken's Gone to Scotland
The Piper on Horseback (both trad. arr. Sarah Markey, Marty Barry, Charlie Stewart)
Tim Feeley's Fancy (comp. Joe Liddy)

Sarah Markey - D flute
Marty Barry - Guitar/banjo
Charlie Stewart - Fiddle/double bass
Eamonn Nugent - Bodhrán
Calum Stewart - Uilleann pipes/harmonium


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Sarah Markey Glasgow, UK

Traditional flute player, singer and harpist based in Glasgow.

2019 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist.

Debut album "Leaving Lurgangreen" available to pre-order now!
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