Shaun Davey - St. Matthews Point lyrics
Mick Lally, narrator, Bernard Pichard, bombarde, Helen Davies, harp, and orchestra . The text is an adaptation of a Latin prologue to a treatise by Bishop Patrick (d. 1084), who, during the last 10 years of his life, ruled the Hiberno-Norse city of Dublin. The bombarde is a traditional Breton instrument, often likened to the oboe though in some respects it is rather like the chanter of the Scottish bagpipes , mouth-blown. This variation on `The Pilgrim' song theme employs the full range of the instrument which is extremely difficult to play in its upper register. The piece takes its name from one of the outlying capes of N.W. Brittany . Bishop Patrick was drowned at sea while returning from a visit to a religious settlement in England.