NED WALSH'S/THE PIPER'S CHAIR
I first met Ned about ten years ago in Jack Meade's pub in Cheekpoint. He made a great impression on me with his fiddle playing and stories of his sister Bridget who was a great fiddle player also and died very young. We dedicate this set of Jigs to Ned's memories of his sister.
A song written by a Scottish folk singer called Archie Fisher. Archie is one of the finest song writers in Scotland, and I hope we've given this beautiful song justice.
This song is about a girl being jilted for money and fortune. She in turn followed her false lover and when she found him and his rich wife, she was so distraught with grief that she killed both of them.
DERROL IN THE RAIN
This song I wrote for Derrol Adams after I saw him captivating an audience of ten thousand people at Cambridge Folk Festival where it rained continuously through his performance. It was fantastic to watch and to listen to.
BAILE AN ORE/GEORGE WHITE'S/AOIFE'S BOTTLE
Baile an Ore was written by Davey for his girl-friend Donna. The reel is called after her home town in Scotland. George White's is a reel we learned from Ted Fury, our father and Aoife's Bottle was written by George for his youngest daughter.
A protest song about our environment being poisoned. I wrote this for Aidan and Sile of the Merriman Tavern in Scarriff.
SHIP IN FULL SAIL/BADENLOCH/HARDIMAN'S
This a beautiful set of jigs arranged by the group. It consists of one double jig and two slip jigs, one Irish and one Scottish.
I LIVE NOT WHERE I LOVE
A song all about living apart from all the things that you love. When you have travelled and lived away from home for a time, then you can really appreciate this song.
ABROAD AS I WAS WALKING
This song is a warning to young girls to be careful of the man with the false heart and soft smile. The unfortunate girl, a farmer's daughter, ended up lamenting her false lover and nursing his baby at the age of fourteen.
I wrote this song especially for the people who travel the music road alone. Solo singers and solo musicians such as Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones who travel endless miles giving their music, their songs and their hearts and feelings to people all over the world.
Imagine thousands of dead soldiers, horses, broken artillery and the smell of death all around with a grey mist rising over the corpses. An old woman sits on a hillside remembering the cannon fire and the sounds of the young men dying around her. Now she watches the dead being covered by this grey blanket and their ghosts are heard everywhere. This Banshee.
This consists of three reels. The first one is called Irene Curran, then comes the Old Pigeon On The Gate and the last one is called The Green Groves. With the help of two members of the Butler Dempsey Band, Jimmy on bass and Barry on drums, we have put together this unique and original sound. Yet again we progress.