"Gravel Walk" — A favourite reel of the group's. Indeed, we like it so much we were delighted to put it on the "B" side of our first recorded release.
"The Bonny Labouring Boy" — This song tells of the classic conflict between mother and daughter. The mother advises her daughter to seek a rich suitor but she chooses her lover, a labouring boy.
"Jigs Of Aileach" — Playing so many tunes, it is often difficult to remember their names. These three, The Tenpenny Piece, Tell Her I Am, and The Leitrim Fancy, we collectively call the Jigs of Aileach.
"The May Morning Dew" — This is a traditional lament whereby an exile returns to his birthplace. Reflecting on his youth he sadly realises that his memories can never be relived. I first heard this song from Co. Clare singer and collector, John Lyons.
"Táimse Im Chodladh "s Ná Dúistear Mé/An Búachaillin Bui" — These are two slow airs which we have done in two different styles. The first in the true traditional style and the second with a strict beat.
"The Pig" — A humourous song on the sale of a pig. The sly lady who relieved the seller of his money, is cursed severely for her action. I got this song from fiddler Eddie Sweeney, Co. Monaghan.
"The Town I Love So Well" — A contemporary ballad by Derry born composer, Phil Coulter. Returning during "the troubles" to his native town, he felt compelled to comment on the town he had known as a youth, how it has been changed and his hope for ultimate peace.
"Pinch Of Snuff" — There are many versions of this tune, most of them with four parts. As it is a favourite of ours, we gave it a Northern lift!
"The Lambs on the Green Hills" — A jilted lover challenges the newly wedded bride for her hand. He is chased off by the groom, to mourne his loss for ever. This is the Irish version of a popular ballad theme, and the last verse is universally used to emphasize a broken heart.
"Dinny's Trip To The Gaeltacht" — Dinny has composed many tunes over the last few years. This one he composed on his way to Gweedore, always a pleasant trip.
"The Strands of Magilligan" — This is a love song from Co. Derry which probably originated from England.
"Celtic Lament" — Pat got this slow air from piper Jack Wade of Clones who was killed in a car crash in 1967. It is a lament for all Celts.
"Lullaby" — This is another composition by Phil Coulter. Realising that the lingering war in the North of Ireland is leaving heavy scars on the minds of the young he writes this song in an attempt to call for a change of heart.
"P" Stands for Paddy — This song was written in recent years largely influenced by a song called the "Verdant Braes Of Screen". I first heard it from Derryman, Jim McFarland.
The Heather Breeze; The Yellow Tinker — We collected the 3 rd part of the 1 st reel from Peter McQuellan, a humourous Banjo player from Clones. The Yellow Tinker, Dinny collected in Inishowen.
The Green Fields Of America — The poor conditions and low standard of living have driven many an Irishman to voluntary exile through emigration. Often, as is the case here, the promised land is America. I collected this version from John Lyons, Co. Clare, although the song appears to have originally been a Donegal one.
Banish Misfortune; The Fermoy Lasses; The Chair Against The Door — A favourite Northern jig with two reels that tell a story of their own. The second reel is also known as Geehans, but Dinny will explain the “Chair Against the Door” when asked!
Banks of the Bann — Again a love song, this time of Ulster background with an immigrant or planter as the fortunate lover.
Bold Sean And The Tinker — A friend of Dinnys, a Buncrana man, gave me this song, and gives fair warning to any Donegal man looking for work in Scotland to keep a canny eye in his head—as if he wouldn't!
Paddy Ryan's Dream; The Dublin Lasses — These two reels are dedicated to Liam "Curley" Coyle who was the original banjo player with the group. The second reel is sometimes called "The Boys of Ballisodare" but the group has a "thing" about "Lasses"!
The Bold Tenant Farmer; The Nine Points Of Roguery — Here we have a light hearted glance at an imaginative incident involving a landlord's son and the more than able wife of a tenant farmer. A case of receiving his just deserts.
The Friendly Visit /The Cup Of Tea — For any friendly visit there is always a Cup of Tea. You can't have one without the other.
The Lakes of Coolfin — A song which can be traced back to the 17th Century with origins in Limerick, tells of the tragic loss of Willie Leonard.
Four Drunken Nights — This song is similar in content but not in style to the "seven nighted" version made famous by The Dubliners some years ago.
Bunch Of Thyme — An English folk song of love. Here we have a lament from a young who realizes only too late that she has been taken in by a false lover.
Jigs Of Aileach II — Whelan's Jig, "The Little House 'Round the Corner" and "Tripping up the Stairs" make up this selection. Dinny learned the second jig from Pat Mulhern, Falask, Buncrana.