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Mick Hanly

Mick Hanly: Collected

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  • Collected
    • 2009 - Doghouse Songs Ltd
  • Track List:
    1. All I Remember [2]
    2. Damaged Halo [1]
    3. What's His Name [3]
    4. The Silence [1]
    5. I Feel I Should Be Calling You [3] or [4]
    6. Battle of New Orleans [1]
    7. On Vocals and Guitar [3]
    8. My Love Is In America [2]
    9. One More From The Daddy [5]
    10. These Days [4]
    11. Warts and All [3]
    12. Trying To Get To St. Nazaire [6]
    13. Past The Point Of Rescue [5]
    14. Dust In The Storm [6]
    15. Happy as a baby in your arms [1]

Credits & Notes

  • This collection contains a combination of live and studio tracks, some of them previously unreleased.
    1. Previously unreleased tracks …
    2. Tracks from All I Remember: 1989 - Ringsend MHLP1 LP
    3. Tracks from Warts And All: 1991 - Round Tower Music RTM CD 32 CD
    4. Tracks from Happy Like This: 1993 - Round Tower Music 61 CD
    5. Tracks from Live at the Meeting Place: 1998 - Doghouse Songs Ltd. CDDHCD 1 CD
    6. Tracks from Wish Me Well: 2004 - Doghouse Songs Ltd. CDDHCD 3 CD

Track 1 — All I Remember
This was one of the first songs that I wrote, which alluded to the brutality in the Christian Brothers day schools, which I had the misfortune to attend as a boy. I was inexperienced as a songwriter at the time of writing, so I ended up trying to write my life story in three verses! I think that I nailed it finally in Track 2, which I wrote twenty years later, and for this reason, I've put them side by side. Beware of anyone bleating "sure the odd hiding didn't do us any harm". They're very likely rationalising their own penchant for chastisement … also ask yourself "what education system produced the grey yahoos who are presently in charge of the leaking ship"???

  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Paul MacAteer
    • Bass: Garvan Gallagher
    • Organ: John Ryan
    • Bouzouki: Dónal Lunny
    • Acoustic Guitar: Des Moore
    • Electric Guitar: Peter Condell
    • Percussion: Noel Bridgeman
    • Backing Vocals: Janet Sheerin, Danny Sheerin
    • Vermi-oars: Jessica Hanly, Gayle Kendellen, Jenny Mitchell
  • Producer: Dónal Lunny
  • Engineer: Pearse Dunn

Track 2 — Damaged Halo (Previously unreleased)
Recorded live in the Cherry Tree, Walkinstown 13th March 2009

  • Musicians:
    • Mick: Vocals and Guitar
  • Sound Engineer: Mark Dennehy

Track 2 — Damaged Halo (Previously unreleased)

  • Musicians:
    • Mick: Vocals and Guitar.
  • Recorded live in the Cherry Tree, Walkinstown 13th March 2009
  • Sound engineer: Mark Dennehy

Track 3 — What's His Name

  • Musicians:
    • Arty McGlynn: Electric and Acoustic Guitar
    • Eoghan O'Neill: Bass
    • Kenny Craddock: Hammond Organ, Piano
    • Fran Breen: Drums

Track 4 — The Silence (Previously unreleased)
From the repertoire of the short-lived Rusty Old Halo. You can date the song by the use of the terms outside right and outside left. Sweepers, lay-offs, and Managers were still confined to factory floors … not the football field.

  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Davy Whyte
    • Bass: Pat Carey
    • Fiddle: Paul Kelly
    • Electric Guitar: Peter Condell

Track 5 — I Feel I Should Be Calling You
This track is the original recording from the Warts and All album 1991. [7] I was unhappy with the chorus lyric, so I re-wrote and re-recorded it again for Wish Me Well in 2004. I think that the lyric changes for the 2004 are a success, but my vocal performance doesn't come up to the 1991 version, so I've run with the better vocal performance. Don't ask me why I didn't deliver in 2004 … it certainly wasn't for the lack of industry and encouragement on Declan's part.

  • Musicians:
    • Arty McGlynn: Acoustic and Electric Guitars
    • Eoghan O'Neill: Bass Guitar
    • Kenny Craddock: Hammond Organ, Piano

Track 6 — Battle of New Orleans (Previously unreleased)
Words and Music: Jimmy Driftwood. Have really enjoyed doing this song live and for verse 5 alone, Jimmy Driftwood deserves a room of his own in the tower of song.

  • Musicians:
    • Mick: Vocals and Guitar
  • Recorded live in the Cherry Tree, Walkinstown 13th March 2009
  • Sound Engineer: Mark Dennehy

Track 7 — On Vocals and Guitar

  • Musicians:
    • Arty McGlynn: Electric and Acoustic Guitars
    • Eoghan O'Neill: Bass
    • Kenny Craddock: Hammond Organ and Piano
    • Fran Breen: Drums
    • Acoustic Guitar: Mick Hanly

Track 8 — My Love Is In America
I was really blessed when Dolores came on board to do this. She nailed in two takes and it wears the years well.

  • Musicians:
    • Vocals: Dolores Keane, Mick Hanly
    • Drums: Paul Moran
    • Bass: Tony Molloy
    • Bouzouki: Dónal Lunny
    • Keyboards: James Delaney
    • Electric Guitar: Anto Drennan
    • Electric Guitar: Peter Condell
    • Acoustic Guitar: Mick Hanly

Track 9 — One More From The Daddy

  • Musicians:
    • Philip Donnelly: Acoustic Guitar
    • Mick: Acoustic Guitar
    • (See track 13)

Track 10 — These Days
When I wrote and recorded this song, I was a long way from the sentiments expressed … in fact my head was a good way up my own arse. Things have moved on since then, and I'd like to think that the sentiments expressed are more relevant now? Have started to gig it lately with a little more conviction.

  • Musicians:
    • Arty McGlynn: Electric and Acoustic Guitars
    • Eoghan O'Neill: Bass
    • Kenny Craddock: Hammond Organ, Piano
    • Fran Breen: Drums
    • Percy Robinson: Steel Guitar

Track 11 — Warts and All

  • Musicians:
    • Arty McGlynn: Electric and Acoustic Guitars
    • Eoghan O'Neill: Bass
    • Kenny Craddock: Hammond Organ, Piano
    • Fran Breen: Drums

Track 12 — Trying To Get To St. Nazaire
I don't know if there is a train station in St. Nicholas-de-Redon, but it's a great sounding name … up there with Hackballscross and Grangemockler … so don't let this revelation interfere with your enjoyment.

  • Musicians:
    • Declan Sinnott plays everything

Track 13 — Past The Point Of Rescue
This was recorded live in Tony Moore's wonderful Meeting Place Bar in Midleton, Co. Cork. Tony ran a great gig at this venue for many years and it was one of those gigs that every musician I know looked forward to playing. I did a live album there with the help of Philip Donnelly and the enthusiastic participation of the Midletonians over two nights. This track and One More From the Daddy are from those sessions.

  • Musicians:
    • Philip Donnely: Acoustic Guitar
    • The Meeting Place Choral Society: Backing Vocals.

Track 14 — Dust In The Storm

  • Musicians:
    • Declan Sinnott plays everything

Track 15 — Happy as a baby in your arms (Previously unreleased)
This song has been recorded by Dolores Keane and the late Ronnie Drew, but I never got round to putting it down myself. It cries out for strings … in fact it should be strung up … but this it in all its nakedness.


  • Notes
    1. The above notes are Mick Hanly's own (from his website).
      • He credits the original recording of "I Feel I Should Be Calling You" from the 1991 album Warts and All.
      • The track does not appear on that release, but on his next (1993) CD, Happy Like This.
      • These albums have almost the exact the credits, and perhaps were recorded at the same time.