1. Believe Me Sligo ( Thom Moore )
I first heard this beautiful song a few years ago and it seemed to stay in my memory. It was written by Thom Moore who is an exceptional songwriter.
Vocals and Guitar, Seán Donnelly. Piano, Paul French. Uillean Pipes, Brendan Monaghan.
2. Not a Matter of Pride ( Mike Silver )
I really like this understated and lovely song. This is the second Mike Silver song which I have recorded. I am a big fan of his writing.
Vocals and Guitar, Seán Donnelly. Piano, Paul French.
3. The Bonny Labouring Boy ( Traditional )
I have been singing this song off and on for years, but never got around to recording it until now. The theme of the song appears to be: “It’s not done to marry beneath one’s station”, however the girl in the story proves to have a mind of her own and puts love first: fair play to her !
Vocals and Guitar, Seán Donnelly.
4. Here’s to You ( The Parting Glass ) ( Alan Bell )
I got this song from Cathal McConnell’s excellent song book “I have Travelled this Country”. The write Alan Bell has captured the mood very well here.
Vocals and Guitar, Seán Donnelly. Fiddle, Briege Quinn. Whistle, Brendan Monaghan.
5. The Lake of Coolfin ( Traditional )
Dating back to c. 1879 this tragic song although sad, nevertheless has a timeless quality about it. It could have just as easily happened yesterday.
Vocals, Guitar, Mandola and Harmonica, Seán Donnelly.
6. The Maid of Ballydoo / The Sally Gardens ( Traditional )
This jaunty wee song is well known in County Down where I live. In fact, Hilltown mentioned in the song, is “only up the road” from my home. The tune, I learnt from he accordian playing of my son Ruairi.
Vocals, Guitar and Mandola, Seán Donnelly. Uilleann Pipes, Brendan Monaghan.
7. I wish my Love was a Red Red Rose ( Traditional )
It seems as though i have been singing this song for a lifetime ! I first learnt it many years ago from the singing of one of the great ladies of traditional song in the North of Ireland, the late Sarah Makem from Co. Armagh. I recorded the song on an earlier album “The Winding Banks of Erne”. It is included here again in this collection by special request.
Vocals, Guitar and Mandola, Seán Donnelly. Whistle, Brendan Monaghan.
8. The Flower of Sweet Strabane ( Traditional )
This song dating back to the late nineteenth century has the theme of disappointed love. It tells of a draper’s assistant named MacDonald who sought in vain for the hand in marriage of his employer’s daughter, one Miss Ramsey from Strabane, in Co. Tyrone. The song is well known in the North of Ireland and further afield. In fact i read a “version” of it in an old song book called “Folk Songs of the Southern States of America”!
Vocals, Guitar and Mandola, Seán Donnelly. Fiddle, Briege Quinn. Whistle, Brendan Monaghan.
9. Farewell to Slieve Gallen ( Traditional )
First written c. 1880 this song is also know as “Carindaisy”. The “Brave Sullivan” mentionedin the song is none other that the famous pugilist John L. Sullivan “The Boston Strong Boy”. I first heard this song from the singing of George Hanna from Derrytresk near Coalisland in Co. Tyrone.
Vocals and Guitar, Seán Donnelly. Fiddle, Briege Quinn. Whistle and Uilleann Pipes, Brendan Monaghan. Piano, Paul French.
10. You Lovers All ( Traditional )
This song explores the familiar theme of parental disapproval of a “match”. However, the girl in the story is not easily put off, she sticks to her guns and ensures a happy outcome !
Vocals and Guitar, Seán Donnelly.
Grateful thanks to the following: To Brendan, Briege, Paul and Steve for their patience and hard work. To Jason Hill for his expertise with the album layout. To my wife Elizabeth and my family for their love and support. Recorded, mixed and produced by Stephen Fearnly at Narrow Water Studios, Warrenpoint, County Down – Autumn 2014
Album dedicated to the memory of my friend Gerry Anderson.
1. Believe Me Sligo 
2. Not A Matter Of Pride
3. The Bonny Labouring Boy
4. Here’s To You
5. The Lake Of Coolfin 
6. The Maid Of Ballydoo / The Sally Gardens
7. I Wish My Love Was A Red Red Rose
8. The Flower Of Sweet Strabane
9. Farewell To Slieve Gallen
10. You Lovers All
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