Friday, August 19, 2016

Love in the Fields: Déanta and "The Maid That Sold Her Barley"

Today's random tune, The Maid That Sold Her Barley, is performed by the Celtic group Déanta, an Irish traditional group from Northern Ireland. Déanta formed in the late 1980s and performed until 1997, and then regrouped in 2008. In 1990 they won the Trophée Loïc Raison at the Lorient Interceltic Festival in Brittany as best band. They released three albums, and their songs reflect traditional music with occasional forays into more contemporary music. You can find The Maid That Sold Her Barley on their 1994 album Ready for the Storm and on the 2005 Green Linnet compilation album Celtic Wonder. The song lyrics can be interpreted in a bawdy way, or as a simple transaction for marriage.