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This week's links and mp3 [Sep. 29th, 2006|10:53 pm]
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[music |O'Rourke's played by Paddy Keenan and Tommy O'Sullivan]

This week's mp3 is played by an uilleann piper by the name of Paddy Keenan. To download this week's mp3, click here. Scroll past the advertisements until you see the blinking orange arrow.

This week's links have nothing to do with the uilleann pipes, however! (If you would like to read about the uillean pipes, refer back to this post.) Instead, this week we will focus on a highly ignored part of the Celtic culture-- Welsh rarebit!

Welsh rarebit, also known as, simply, "cheese on toast", is literally just that. The cheeses most often used in rarebit are Lancashire, Chedder, Double Glouscester, and Red Leicester. Rarebit is made by grating a choice of cheese, and then mixing it with a bit of butter and milk (in some cases, even batter beer). Then, the mixture is added to a slight amount of mustard and spread on top of a toasted piece of bread, at which point it is grilled in the British fashion. It is said that Welsh rarebit was first known as "Welsh rabbit", and that over time it was slurred and turned into "rarebit", though there is no clear origin for the use of rarebit as opposed to rabbit. The Welsh name for rarebit is "caws-wedi-pobi", though it is also sometimes called "caws ar dôst".

In the film When the Clouds Roll By, there is a scene in which a main character has a nightmare due to Welsh rarebit, and there have also been numerous comics drawn by Winsor McCay in which characters have Welsh rarebit induced nightmares. To read more about Welsh rarebit and to find recipes, click here and here.

[User Picture]From: jainanicole
2006-09-30 06:37 am (UTC)
(The link to this week's mp3 goes to an older post. Just a heads-up!)
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[User Picture]From: elderwood
2006-09-30 07:13 am (UTC)
Oh no! Thanks, I fixed it.
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[User Picture]From: jainanicole
2006-09-30 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: really_ideal
2006-09-30 04:50 pm (UTC)

happy saturday.

I have been eagerly awaiting the next mp3! Rarebit has a strange phonetic similarity to rabbit. It makes sense since it was originally known as rabbit! Wow. A nightmare inducing cheesy-snack. I must make some for my roommates.
ps e-mail me your shoe size, please!
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[User Picture]From: elderwood
2006-10-01 07:01 am (UTC)

Re: happy saturday.

Size eight! Though I can also take size seven and a half. I need your address again because I made you that mix! I just can't find the paper you wrote it on.

E-mail me at protectorofthesmall (at) gmail (dot) com
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From: ninjamisa
2006-09-30 06:28 pm (UTC)


Thank you so very much for all the information you always give us here.
Great work.
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[User Picture]From: mabon_morna
2006-10-01 01:00 pm (UTC)


it is a great melody - wonderful for sunday afternoon... :)) Thanx!!!

I also would like to ask you if you can post again or send the mp3s of the Boys from Lough, cause now the link isn't working.

And here is something from me too - have you listened to Lunasa www.lunasa.ie - it is an irish band playing wonderful celtic music - here is Aoibhneas  from their album Merry Sisters of Fate

:) I will upload some more if you like it. :) Cheers!

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[User Picture]From: elderwood
2006-10-02 06:33 am (UTC)

Re: myunk

Wonderful! I love Lunasa very much. I will certainly re-upload the Boys of the Lough tomorrow after school for you and put it in the next post.
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