From the recording Mourning Bridget Cleary
Mourning Bridget Cleary is a haunting song with fresh, original lyrics paired with the popular Irish Hornpipe, The King of the Fairies. The lyrics, written by Audra Blankenship Pierce, were based on the book, “The Coopers Wife is missing.” Audra was quite moved after reading this story, and it struck musical inspiration in her. The arrangement of Mourning Bridget Cleary was created by Audra, along with fellow musicians Russell Pierce and John McGaha. The fiddle background was later added by Shawna Kennedy.