- Side One
- Quare Bungle Rye (Song) — Ronnie Drew & Barney McKenna
- Hardie's Reel and Kevin's In The Valley (Reels) — Barney McKenna & Ronnie Drew
- The Foxhunt (Uillian Pipes) — Felix Doran
- The Days of the Week (Song) — Packie Byrne
- O'Mahoney's Daughter and The Peat Fire (Reels) — The Fenians
- Onin Slan (Gaelic Song) — Margaret Laurie
- Side Two
- The Mason's Apron (Reel) — Barney McKenna & Ronnie Drew
- The Twangman (Song) — Ronnie Drew & Barney McKenna
- Chief O'Neill's and Harvest Home (Hornpipes) — Barney McKenna & Ronnie Drew
- The Leprachaun (Song) — Margaret Barry & Michael Gorman
- The Friar's Breeches (Dance) — Felix Doran and Bobby Casey
- Erin's Lovely Lea (Song) — Margaret Laurie
- Paddy in London (Jig) — Barney McKenna & Ronnie Drew
- Barny [sic] McKenna
- Ronnie Drew
- The Fenians
- Margaret Laurie
- Felix Doran and many others …
- This original stereo record was compiled and edited by Sean Davies
- General Recording Services, N.W.1.
- Front cover photograph by courtesy of Aer Lingus
"A nation without music is not worthy of the name". So said the poet, but in this record you will find proof that Ireland's got enough for herself and a few others besides. From the fierce attack of Ronnie Drew, through the musical brilliance of Barry MacKenna [sic] and Felix Doran, the humour of Packie Byrne to the sheer beauty of Margaret Laurie's voice, there runs a stream of inspiration unmatched by any other race. So put the record on and I'll tell you a few things:
"Quare Bungle Rye"
Possibly the original "left holding the baby" story. When the chief engineer heard this being recorded he sent the microphone away for repair, but there was nothing wrong with it. The "trouble" was Ronnie Drew's voice, which remains one of the wonders of nature.
"Hardie's Reel" and "Kevin's in the Valley"
Two reels played by Barry MacKenna [sic] and Ronnie Drew. The "hard core" of The Dubliners couldn't play a reel badly even if you didn't pay them!
Felix Doran's incredible performance was recorded live at the Keele Folk Festival in 1966. He plays the Uillean Pipes, which are quite different from the normal bagpipes. They have a sweeter tone, a wider range and can play a whole set of chords as well as the melody. But Felix Doran takes things further, making the pipes imitate dogs, hens, geese and bugles in this hunting showpiece.
"'The Days of The Week"
Otherwise known as "Seven Nights Drunk" or "Seven Drunken Nights". Recorded live at the Keele Folk Festival by Packie Byrne, who has been entertaining all over Ireland for many years. He has that quiet Irish style which is very good for bringing overblown things and people down to size. The "rolling pin" verse is omitted from this version of the song!
"O'Mahoney's Daughter" and "The Peat Fire"
Two reels, brightly played by The Fenians, the well-known trio of Irish Whistle players.
Sung in Gaelic by Margaret Laurie, it means a poetic and beautiful love song. Listening to this, it is obvious that the Gaelic language was invented to show off the full beauty of an Irish girl's voice.
"The Mason's Apron"
Another lively reel from Ronnie Drew and Barney MacKenna.
Ronnie Drew and Barney MacKenna. As the cinema poster would put it, this is a song of "elemental passion, seduction, jealousy and violent death". Definitely "X" certificate.
"Chief O'Neill's" and "Harvest Home"
Two hornpipes by Ronnie Drew and Barney MacKenna. It's not only sailors who dance the hornpipe. The dance (with different steps) is still very popular at ceilidhs in Ireland. Notice how it gets gradually faster; this is because the extra weight of the music that has been played adds to the momentum.
Margaret Barry — accompanied by Michael Gorme [sic] Gorman (fiddle). Margaret is one of those personalities who make up for the "don't knows" in the opinion polls. Making them shut up and listen in a pub in Camden Town or Dublin is an advertisement not to be lightly dismissed, but Margaret's been doing that for many a year. She's accompanied one of the finest Sligo fiddlers alive to-day.
"The Friar's Breeches"
Felix Doran and Bobby Casey. Irish dance tunes may sometimes sound improvised, but the two players here are so close, even in the decorations of the melody, that there is clearly a recognised form — especially as the players are not a regular duo.
"Erin's Lovely Lea"
Margaret Laurie. As well as being a fine song in its own right, this is a subtle form of recruiting propaganda. It would be widely sung in Irish communities overseas, where mention of national heroes and places remind exiles of Ireland's need of fighting men.
"Paddy in London"
A fine jig to round off with, played once again by Ronnie Drew and Barney MacKenna.
- I don't know where these tracks with Ronnie and Barney come from, or when they were recorded.
- From the sound of them, I would guess they are very early recordings — possibly pre-dating the Dubliners.
- Perhaps recorded during the period they performed with John Molloy at the Gate Theatre.
- Maybe not, but it seems odd to me that Ronnie & Barney would appear on this obscure LP during the
height of the Dubliners popularity.
- Additionally, I am leaving all the different mis-spellings of Barney's first and last name as the appear on this record.
- Track List:
- Shenandoah — Van Morrison & Paddy Moloney
- Main Theme — The Irish Film Orchestra, The Chieftains, Gearóid Grant
- Paddy's Lamentation/Ships Are Sailing — Mary Black, Paddy Moloney, Eamonn Campbell, Mairtín O'Connor, Paddy Glackin
- Emigration Theme — The Chieftains, The Irish Film Orchestra, Fiachra Trench, Gearóid Grant
- The Bard of Armagh/The Streets of Laredo — Vince Gill, Paul Leim, Michael Rhodes, John Jarvis, Stuart Duncan, Paddy Moloney, Seán Keane, Derek Bell
- Skibbereen — Sinéad O'Connor, Derek Bell, Matt Molloy, The Irish Film Orchestra
- The Night That Larry Was Stretched - Jig (instrumental version of song and jig) — The Chieftains, Johnny Cunningham, Seamus Egan, Zan McLeod, Jim Higgins
- White Potatoes — Liam O'Maonlai, Paddy Moloney
- Famine Theme — Derek Bell, Paddy Moloney, The Irish Film Orchestra, Gearóid Grant
- Muldoon, The Solid Man/Grandfather's Tune — Mick Moloney, Paddy Moloney, Eileen Ivers, John Whelan
- An Raibh Tú Ag An gCarraig — Sissel, The Chieftains, Annbjorg Lien, Bjorn Ole Rasch, Per Hillestad
- O'Carolan's Farewell To Music — Derek Bell, The Irish Film Orchestra, Gearóid Grant
- Bean Pháidín — Kevin Conneff
- O'Donnell's Lament/The Reel With The Beryle — Eileen Ivers, Paddy Moloney
- American Theme — Paddy Moloney, Joanie Madden, Jerry O'Sullivan, Kim Plainfield, Richard O'Donnell, Martin Matrustry, The Irish Film Orchestra, Gearóid Grant
- Long Journey Home (Anthem) — Elvis Costello
- Mary Black: Vocals
- The Chieftains
- Derek Bell: Harp
- Kevin Conneff: Vocals, Bodhrán
- Martin Fay: Fiddle
- Matt Molloy: Flute
- Paddy Moloney: uillean pipes, tin whistle
- Seán Keane: Fiddle
- Elvis Costello: Vocals
- Vince Gill: Vocals
- Van Morrison: Vocals
- Sinéad O'Connor: Vocals
- Liam Ó Maonlaí: Vocals
- Sissel Kyrkjebø: Vocals
- The Irish Film Orchestra: Performing Ensemble
- Anúna: Choir, Chorus
- Annbjørg Lien: Fiddle
- Arty McGlynn: Guitar
- Bjorn Ole Rasch
- Dave Flemming: Double Bass, Upright Bass
- Eamonn Campbell: Guitar, Mandolin
- Eileen Ivers: Fiddle
- Fiachra Trench: Organ, Piano, Conductor, Hammond Organ
- Gearóid Grant: Conductor
- James Blennerhassett: Double Bass, Upright Bass
- James Higgins: Percussion, Bodhrán
- Jerry O'Sullivan: Pipes
- Joanie Madden: Whistle
- John Jarvis: Piano
- John Whelan: Accordion
- Johnny Cunningham: Fiddle
- Kim Plainfield: Drums
- Lawrence Feldman: Recorder
- Liam Bradley: Drums
- Mairtín O'Connor: Accordion
- Martin Matrustry: Timpani
- Michael McGlynn: Choir Master
- Michael Rhodes: Bass
- Mick Moloney: Guitar, Vocals
- Paddy Glackin: Fiddle
- Paul Leim: Drums
- Per Hillestad: Percussion
- Robbie Casserly: Drums
- Seamus Egan: Banjo
- Sharon Riley: Choir, Chorus
- Stuart Duncan: Mandolin
- Zan McLeod: Bouzouki, Guitar
- Produced by Paddy Moloney & Brian Keane
- Arrangers: Brian Keane & Michael McGlynn
- Orchestration: Brian Keane & Fiachra Trench
- Engineers: Kevin Doyle, Jeffrey Lesser, Brian Masterson & Matt Knobel
- Art Direction: Ryan & James O'Mara
- Liner Notes by Thomas Lennon
Original score for the film 'The Irish in America: Long Journey Home' a film by Thomas Lennon. The film was charged with telling the story of the Irish in America, and Paddy Moloney as Composer, Performer and Executive Music Producer brought some amazing acts together to put musical voice to the old stories: Sinéad O' Connor, Van Morrison, Liam O Maonlaí, Mary Black, Vince Gill, Eileen Ivers, and Elvis Costello. Said Paddy Moloney when approached about taking on board a year's work for the film when working on two other albums at the same time: "I have to do this … Its's part of me."
'Long Journey Home' won a Grammy award for 'Best Traditional Folk Album' in 1998.