You know, there’s an awful lot to be said
for this Irish traditional
folk music and folklore, because
first of all
you have to learn it
and first you must learn the Talk
and then you must learn the Grip
and after that you must learn the Truckly-How
you have the whole lot
only just to keep on practising it.
Séamus Ennis knows far more about this
than even the old Folk Lordy-Lordy themselves.
Because Séamus Ennis
once met a little Leprashoneen Truckly-How
at the bottom of the Garden Doth and up the Garden Path
which came up from that,
in the Limeretti-Lumeretti Hillhockers,
before the Earthian Throe,
before the Leprashonerian –
long before the Argay Foray –
and that was in the Deep Pond Doom
before the Emerald Isle was dropped . . .
in the water.
I once heard a recording of Séamus Ennis reading this. I have it on tape somewhere. Somewhere . . .