The folk music of Ireland (also known as Irish
traditional music, Irish trad, Irish folk music, and
other variants) is the generic term for music that has
been created in various genres in Ireland.
"Fenian" was an umbrella term for the Fenian
Brotherhood and Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB),
fraternal organisations dedicated to the establishment
of an independent Irish Republic in the 19th and early
20th century. The name Fenian was first applied by John
O'Mahony to the members of the Irish republican group
that he founded in the United States in 1848. O'Mahony,
who was a Celtic scholar, named the American wing of
the movement after the Fianna. In Gaelic Ireland these
were warrior bands of young men who lived apart from
society and could be called upon in times of war.
The term Fenian is still used today, especially in
Northern Ireland and Scotland, where its original
meaning has widened to include all supporters of Irish
nationalism. It has also been used as a demeaning term
for Irish Catholics and Catholics in general in the
British Isles. Irish nationalists, while honouring the
19th century Fenians, more often describe themselves as
"nationalist" or "republican".
Although this work was originally written for Folk
Instruments, I created this arrangement for Flutes (2)
& Concert (Pedal) Harp.