Out of Dark Waters, Over Mountains…New Substack Blog

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“Something has crept, or has been driven out of dark waters under the mountains. There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Welcome to the launch of ‘Out of Dark Waters, Over Mountains’, a blog that explores myth, folklore and peculiar things through tales of travel and dream

–Dedicated to Michael Morris

Once, my friend Michael Morris told me that many Irish airs came from the Sídhe (the Faeries). He told me that a man fell off his bike drunk, into the ditch, and heard the air of Danny Boy drifting across the land from their land.  He got out of the ditch, cycled to the pub, and sang it there and then. Not, of course, what Malachy McCourt told the world– that the musical story of “Danny Boy” has its roots way back in the 1690 siege of Derry in Northern Ireland, and its colourful cast of characters includes Charles Dickens’ son and a Jack the Ripper suspect. However, I still believe that nobody truly knows the origins of the air.  To READ MORE, CLICK HERE