Updated: Mar 20, 2022
The Leprechaun is a real challenge to sing with lots of words and storytelling of a magical fairy. As you can hear, there is only one winner!
In Irish folklore, the leprechaun, is a fairy in the form of a tiny old man often with a cocked hat and leather apron. Solitary by nature, he is said to live in remote places and to make shoes and brogues. The sound of his hammering betrays his presence. He possesses a hidden crock of gold; if captured and threatened with bodily violence, he might, if his captor keeps his eyes on him, reveal its hiding place. But usually, the captor is tricked into glancing away, and the fairy vanishes. The word derives ultimately from Old Irish luchorpan, “little body.”
The Rainbow Connection is another magical song originally written and recorded in 1978 for the Muppet Movie (1979) and sung by Jim Henson as his persona Kermit the Frog. In 2020, The Rainbow Connection was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry.
Eamonn O’Dwyer has arranged this song especially for In Flagrante and enhanced the magical content with the blend of the different voices.
Rainbows are magic – you can hear it for yourself.
Bridge Over Troubled Water is about the magic of friendship. It was released in 1970 and was Simon & Garfunkel's final studio album and their greatest success. The title track won an unprecedented five Grammy Awards, while the complete record won Album of the Year. Paul Simon wanted it to be gospel but not gospel. Simon imagined that Bridge Over Troubled Water would be a “little hymn” but Garfunkel and Halee insisted that the song needed to be immense. It therefore needed a third verse, which Simon dashed off in the studio. It opened with a message to his wife-to-be Peggy Harper, who had recently fretted about finding her first grey hairs: “Sail on, silver girl.” Garfunkel wanted the song to start quietly and gradually build to a transcendent finale. Bridge Over Troubled Water left audiences breathless.
Did our version do the same?