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Barley Bree

Barley Bree: No Man's Land

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  • No Man's Land
    • 1980 - Boot ITB4015 LP
    • 1986 - Shanachie 52012 LP
  • " Barley Bree"
    • 1982 - Dolphin DOLM 5037 LP
  • Side One
    1. Count O'Hanlon (Tommy Makem)
    2. No Man's Land (Eric Bogle)
    3. JIGS: Eleanor Kane/Dealer's Fancy/Lough Giel [1]
    4. The Massacre of Glencoe (J. McLean)
    5. REELS: The Laurel Bush/Russell's Reel [1]
    6. Song off the Irish Moss (Tom C. Connors)
  • Side Two
    1. The Dutchman (M. Smith)
    2. REELS: Green Fields of Glentown/Tear the Calico/Master McHenry's [1]
    3. Clare to Here (Ralph McTell)
    4. Margaree Waltz and Polka [1]
    5. Fincairn Flax (Hasson-Collins)
    6. Artigarvan Mills Adieu (T. Sweeney)

  • Barley Bree
    • Jimmy Sweeney: Vocals, guitar, cittern, 5 string banjo
    • P. V. O'Donnell: Fiddle, vocals
    • Seamus O'Hagan: Tenor banjo, mandolin, bodhrán, bones, harmonica, vocals
    • Tom Sweeney: Vocals, guitar, tin whistle, autoharp, harmonica
  • Credits
    • Recorded at Trend Studios, Dublin, Ireland
    • Engineer: Paul Waldron
    • Produced by Barley Bree
    • Photography: C & J Photography, Cookstown (Dolphin release)
    • Photo by John Powell, Halifax (Shanachie release)
  • Notes
    • The Canadian release, on the "Boot" label is original release of this recording.
    • The sleeve notes on both subsequent releases are the same, but different from the original (Boot release).

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Count O'Hanlon
A song about a raparee or highwayman who plied his trade around the area of South Armagh. To this day he is still revered in local legend. Written by another Armagh man, Tommy Makem.

No Man's Land
A moving song on the futility of war. This deals with a young Scot called Willie McBride, who went off to fight in France in 1915. From the pen of Eric Bogle.

Jigs: Eleanor Kane/Dealer's Fancy/Lough Giel
Three jigs learned by Seamus from his elder brother, and from a fiddler called Dickie Duke from Stewartstown.

The Massacre of Glencoe
This haunting song tells of the horrific circumstances surrounding the Glencoe massacre, involving the Campbell and MacDonald clans. It took place on February 13, 1692. Written by Scotsman, Jim MacLean.

Reels: The Laurel Bush/Russell's Reel
Two reels which are played regularly at sessions throughout the length and breadth of Ireland.

Song of the Irish Moss
Known in Ireland as 'Carigeen' Moss, this when mixed with milk forms into a type of jelly which is then eaten as a health food. At one time popular along the Atlantic coast of Canada. This song tells of the fun gathering the moss down on Prince Edward Island.

The Dutchman
One of the most tender love songs to have emerged in a long time. The old man, shell shocked during the war, is looked after like a child by his faithful old wife, Margaret.

Reels: Green Fields of Glentown/Tear the Calico/ Master McHenry's
Three reels from Donegal, learned by P.V. at various festivals and sessions throughout his native county.

From Clare to Here
Many Irishmen go to work on the big construction sites in England, and during an occasional bout of sentimentality they think of home. The young man in this song thinks of County Clare along the windswept, west coast of Ireland. From that talented writer, Ralph McTell.

Margaree Waltz/Clarinet Polka
The first tune is from Cape Breton, the second from New Brunswick and both have proved consistently popular in our stage shows.

Fincairn Flax
Flax is the raw material that goes into the making of Irish linen. It lies fermenting in the sun for a while and gives off an awful stench. Young men then have to handle it and they employ all sorts of extreme methods to get rid of the smell. Fincairn is a lovely area of South County Derry.

Artigarvan Mills Adieu
A love song set against the background of the milling village of Artigarvan, County Tyrone. The short poem at the beginning is called "The Emigrant" by Belfast poet, Joseph Campbell.

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No Man's Land (E. Bogle) - A quiet, reflective look back at World War I, the war that was to end all wars.

Eleanor Kane/Dealer's Fancy/Lough Giel(Traditional) - A set of three jigs.

Rape off Glencoe (J. MacClean [ sic]) - A song on the attempted genocide by King William III in Scotland of the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe in 1692.

Russell's Reel/The Laurel Bush (Traditional) - Two reels.

Song off the Irish Moss (Tom C Connors) - This song tells of the fun they had in Prince Edward Island, as they gathered the moss.

The Dutchman (M. Smith) - A song of both love and war. One of the saddest songs we know.

Green Fields of Glentown/Tear the Calico/Master McHenry's (Traditional) - These three reels are heard very often in the Donegal area.

Clare to Here (Ralph McTell) - The young Irishman in the song thinks of his mother, his sweetheart and his home in County Clare, along the barren, windswept, West coast of Ireland.

Margaree Waltz and Polka (Traditional) - Two lively tunes from Cape Breton in Eastern Canada.

Fincairn Flax (Hasson/Collins) - Flax was the raw material that went into the making of Irish Linen. Fincairn is a picturesque area of South Derry

Artigarvan Mills Adieu (T. Sweeney) - A song of emigration from the County of Tyrone. The poem at the start of the song is a beautiful piece by the Belfast poet. Joseph Campbell and is entitled, "The Emigrant".