“It’s a soul-nourishing reminder of the power of music and dance to connect people and bring joy.”

–Ellen Saltonstall

August 15 & August 19, 2021 7:30pm ET

With great sadness CDSS decided to cancel the remainder of this summer’s season. While we cannot gather together in person this year for Early Music Week, we hope you’ll join us online for two events organized by Program Directors Emily O’Brien and Lisa Terry

On Sunday August 15, harpist and historian Ellen Tepper explores the tune for the English country dance Irish Lamentation.

On Thursday August 19, join us for an evening of fellowship and music. See the Details section below for information about how you can be one of the performers.


Ellen Tepper on Irish Lamentation

Sunday, August 15, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET

The tune for the English country dance Irish Lamentation is based upon The Wild Geese and Caoineadh Luimni. Both are lamentations on the same lost battle in 1691. The English beat the Irish (the French had supplied them with the wrong gauge shot) at the Battle of Aughrim. Following that, the soldiers were given the option to take ship with their families and go into exile, or stay under English rule. These are the lamentations of the women and children left behind.

Ellen will play the first two versions of the tune on the wire strung harp and has asked Francie to play the version published in Edward Bunting’s Ancient Music of Ireland. Ellen will also accompany the Scottish variant of the tune, Farewell to Lochaber and finish up with the tune we know and dance to. We so wish we could’a!

Early Music Night: Performances and Play-Alongs

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET

Let’s get together for an evening of fellowship and music, remotely if not in person! Bring your instruments, your voices, or just your ears for a program of performances and play-alongs by faculty as well as campers. Music for play/sing-alongs will be provided in PDF format in advance.

Would you like to submit a video to be included? Contact Emily O’Brien at emily@emilysdomain.org ASAP. Submissions should be pre-recorded, and no more than 2-3 minutes. If you would like people to be able to play along with your video, we will also need a PDF of the music. 


Emily O’Brien

Emily O’Brien

Ellen Tepper

Ellen Tepper

Lisa Terry

Lisa Terry
Recorders at Early Music Week at Pinewoods