A hayrope is made from twisting strands of hay into a rope. It is then
draped over a stack of hay, and weighted at both ends with stones to hold
the stack of hay (called a reek) down. (That on authority of my wife). The
process must be rough on the hands, especially those of a musician, and
perhaps thus the lamentful melody.
From: Joey Gibson <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 1998 5:05 PM
Subject: Twisting The Hayrope?
> In the Clarke Tinwhistle book by Bill Ochs, there is a lovely slow
>air called "Casadh An Tsu\ga\in" or "Twisting The Hayrope." He shows it
>as being Irish. It is a very beautiful tune, but does anyone know any
>history of it? What is a hayrope and why would one want to twist it? It
>is a sad sounding tune, at that. Anyone?
> Also, can anyone recommend other tunes that are similar in feel?
>This is a very mournful, slow tune. I like that kind of feel.
>// "I'm thinking of putting in some walls over there. And perhaps a
>// ceiling. Just to give it that traditional touch."
>// Philip Shane (Cary Grant) - That Touch Of Mink
>// For my take on the news: http://www.mindspring.com/~joeygibson/