The score is for the most part orchestral and I have tried to be lyrical and melodic, allowing the characters and the narration to lead my writing. The dance sequence, from which the film gets its title, features some newly composed pieces in the style of Irish dance music. The cast had originally danced to a recording of the well-known Irish tune "The Mason's Apron". The challenge was to come up with some new reels, which would build in intensity, and reflect the gathering exuberance of the Mundy sisters as they were transported from their everyday surroundings to a sublime and uncharacteristic loss of control.
The inclusion of WB Yeats' "Down by the Salley Gardens" as the end title music offered me an opportunity to work once again with Delores Keane. Her earthy vocal quality, mixed with the depth of her expression seemed to be a fitting end to this very moving and uplifting film.
Composer Bill Whelan
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