The Diviners: A small role in a big story about Edward Bransfield

This is a new track from Cork folk band "The Diviners" who pay particular attention to the type of songs and tunes they are drawn to, searching for depth and authenticity in every composition.

This track is titled “The Man Barnsfield” and it has been achieving high praise indeed. It was written to commemorate Edward Bransfield, the largely forgotten Cork man who discovered the Antarctic continent.

The band say: “It feels good to play a small role in a big story. A story that begins in 1803 with a young man called Edward Bransfield press-ganged off the deck of his father’s fishing boat in Cork Harbour by the British Navy. A story that sees him, against all odds, rise through the ranks and go on to discover the Antarctic continent. A story that saw him die in obscurity, his achievements forgotten and uncelebrated. Until now.”

The band include Eoin Jordan on bouzouki and guitar, Anthony Ruby on uilleann pipes, whistles and vocals and Ciaran Ruby on whistles, flute and vocals.

Composed by band member Ciarán Ruby he describes it is as “a modern-day folk song rooted in tradition. Beginning with soaring uilleann pipes, it follows Bransfield as he is press-ganged from home in 1803, to his discovery of Antarctica in January 1820. The accompanying unique video for the song was shot at the beginning of March, just before lockdown, in Roches Point Lighthouse, high above the waves at the mouth of Cork Harbour. If Bransfield’s story is, amongst many other things, a tale of triumph over adversity, then it is also one of hope. In these fearful and uncertain times, it may also stand as testament to the resilience of the human spirit.”

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