Friday 15 November 2013
Tune of the Day: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Traditional Irish slow air
“The Wind That Shakes the Barley“ is an Irish ballad written by Robert Dwyer Joyce, a Limerick-born poet of the 19th-century. The tune we propose today is the basic melody to which it is usually sung.
The song's title was borrowed for Ken Loach's 2006 film of the same name, which features the song in one scene.
An unrelated fast Irish reel titled “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” also exists.