"Bonaparte's Retreat" is a bit ambiguous to its origins, which is common with many traditional songs. One theory is that it originated from an old Irish tune named "The Eagle's Whistle", while another places it with a Scottish piper who served during the defeat at Waterloo. Another which is played at a slower pace associates it with Irish musicians bemoaning the same event. "The Dunmore Lasses" and another "The Bonny Bunch of Roses" are similar tunes which may have been inspired or stemmed from evolution of the song as well.
W. Ed Harris is a classically trained Multi-Instrumentalist and Composer with a primary focus on Celtic/Irish traditional music the past 23 years. Ed’s most recent release, “The New Bern Seisiuns” (Feb. 2016) has been nominated for "Celtic Album of the Year" which is sponsored by INEC Killarney. He has provided soundtracks for 3 documentary films, provided music content for the theater group, "Theatrikos" and volunteered as a sound engineer for 7 years while serving on the board of the "Fiddle & Bow Music Society" in NC. Ed will soon be releasing his 5th album, “Reflections of the Heart” in November 2016 which will be available via all major music retailers (iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, Pandora, etc.). Ed considers himself more a studio musician as opposed to a performer and plans to continue composing, recording, and producing under his label "Harris Music" for many years to come.