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A recently composed set dance, Three Ducks and a Goose was written by the late great fiddle player and composer Brendan Tonra. I first heard this tune in 2013 when Brendan’s dear friend and accompanist, Helen Kisiel, invited me to create steps to it for a recording project. The result of that project was a wonderful children’s book and companion CD. Here are the the lyrics, if you want to sing along to Seán’s lovely slow playing at the start of this tune.

When I was a young lad I’d always complain
When my mother would make me come in from the rain.
Then I’d look through a window that was shaky and loose...
and from there I could see the three ducks and a goose.
Those ducks and that goose would be having great fun.
They’d rather the rain any time than the sun.
They’d be flapping and splashing as ‘round they did run.
But soon the rain would be over and then,
I’d run to the door and go outside again.
I’d jump up and down with my shirt flying loose,
and join in the fun with THREE DUCKS and a GOOSE!

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