The Humour Is On Me Now
Ever since the first time, many years ago, that I heard Delia Murphy sing this song on Radio Eirennn, It has always created a special atmosphere for me.
Always Remember – Johnny Duhan
Johnny Duhan is one of my favourite songwriters. He has written widely. His songs have been recorded by many top artists and this is a sample of what I like best about Johnny's craft.
Since Maggie Went Away – Sean O'Casey
On his LP "The Green Crow Caws", John Kavanagh sings the songs of Sean O'Casey, this is one of those songs and I have wanted for years to sing it. So here it is.
Red Roses – Sean O'Casey
Sean O'Casey wrote this one, and it is sung by one of the characters in his play "Red Roses for Me"
Way back in the 1960's Ciarn McMathuna, the well-known broadcaster and collector of Irish music and song in all its forms, suggested to me that I might sing this song, so I finally got around to it.
Clearing A Space – A time for Voices. Selected Poems 1960 to 1990 Brendan Kennelly
This poem was written by Brendan Kennelly, a Kerryman living in Dublin, and is one of Ireland's most esteemed poets. He is held in great affection by all of us for his fine poetry and for his magnetic personality.
Raglan Road – P. Kavanagh
Patrick Kavanagh one day said to Luke Kelly, "Would you not sing my song". So Luke did sing it and he sang it beautifully. It's one of the best love songs I have heard,
If Ever You Go To Dublin Town – P. Kavanagh
The much respected Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh, was once asked how he felt he would be remembered in Dublin in a hundred years. He replied with this song, and I know it to be a pretty good self portrait.
Courtin' in the Kitchen
This song was a great favourite in the 40's and 5o's and with the help of the Dun Laoghaire Ceili Band, I hope we have managed to recreate a little of the magic of that era.
Two Island Swans – Pappalardi/Collins
The first time I heard this song was from the singing of Christy Moore on his 1974 album "Whatever Tickles your Fancy", I thought it was lovely then and the years haven't changed my opinion.
The Dunes – Shane MacGowan
Not very long ago I got in touch with Shane MacGowan and asked him if he had a song that he felt might suit me, so he sent me this one which he had written about the famine.
The Black Velvet Band
What can I say about the Black Velvet Band that you don't already know.
The Dingle Puck Goat
In 1961-62 during my own travels through Kerry, I picked up this song in Glenbeigh From my good old friend George Evans of Killorglin.
We Had It All – Mike Hanrahan
Mike wrote this song a few years ago after he had parted company with the band "Stocktons Wing". Shortly thereafter I decided to go my own way from "The Dubliners". This song is about leaving things behind and we all have to do that sometimes.
About Mike Hanrahan who produced this album:
To Fully express my gratitude to Mike for his support to me during the past few years and his huge contribution to this project, would be impossible for me without sounding excessively sentimental — so thanks alot Mikey