FAREWELL TO CARLINGFORD
Written by Tommy Makem, a well known Irish singer and songwriter. We first heard of his song when Tommy sang it on the U.T.V. television show on which we were appearing.
THE OLD TRIANGLE
Believed to have been composed by Brendan Behan during one of his 'Visits" to Mountjoy jail the "arrangements" on this record came about when we turned up at a party one night without our instruments and were asked to sing, everyone seemed to like it, so we have sung it like that ever sine
THE BEGGAR MAN
A lighthearted tale of a skullduggery, the vagabond who absconds- with the girl, later claims that he is really a nobleman in disguise. That's his story.
A lovely variation of the poor little rich girl theme. There is some confusion whether it is an Irish or Scottish song. But Jim thinks it is Irish for two reasons The word Island is mentioned, and the couple stayed up in her room for half an hour just talking.
THE DOWNFALL OF PARIS
Irish set dance tune which is very popular and Irish. We had forgotten about this tune until we heard Dubliner Dan Dowd play it at a Celtic Folk Festival in Brittany a couple of years ago.
This song is a great favourite of ours. A love song written to a place in the north east of Ireland. It puts across very well the immigrant longing to return to his home.
LORD OF THE DANCE
This very cleverly written song by Sydney Carter, the well known English folk writer is a great favourite of ours also.
THE LIFEBOAT MONA
Written by Peggy Seeger. This song tells the tale of a sea disaster in December 1959, when Britain's north sea coast was lashed by giant winds. The Broughty Ferry lifeboat "Mona" capsized losing all eight men while trying to rescue the crew of the Broughty lifeship.
FAREWELL TO IRELAND
A traditional Irish reel learned by Barney from Martin Byrnes a champion traditional Irish fiddler and a great friend of the group.
THE UNQUIET GRAVE
A very old English folk song which tells of love, which was stronger than the grave itself.
Written by Carolan (1670-1738) the last of the great Irish harpers and the only one who's pieces survived in any great number. Dedicated to the fourth Earl of Inchiquin who's family seat was Dromalan Castle, County Clare.
THE LARK IN THE MORNING
A light hearted warning to all young girls never to associate with ploughboys.