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Barley Bree

Barley Bree: Solo Releases


P.V. O'Donnell
Reflections
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  • Reflections
    • 2003 - PV0017 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Sheila Coyle/The Ash Plant Reels/Byrnes
    2. Contentment is Wealth/The Frost Is All Over
    3. The Home Ruler/The Friendly Visit
    4. Blind Mary
    5. The Coolea Jig/Seamus Cooley/House in the Glen
    6. Farewell to Ireland/Man of the House
    7. Gander in the Pratie Hole/Black Rogue
    8. Thomond Bridge/The Sand Dance
    9. The Yellow Heifer/Lucky in Love/Cameronian
    10. Fahey's/Kings Fancy
    11. The Gladstone/Green Hills of Tyrol

  • Musicians
    • P.V. O'Donnell: Fiddle
    • Kevin Roach: Guitar

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P.V. O'Donnell
Donegal Fiddler
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  • Donegal Fiddler
    • 2006 - PVOD001 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Fisherman's Lilt/Old High Reel
    2. Joe Derraine's/Francis Mooney's
    3. Down The Back Lane/The Haunted House
    4. Gatineau/Leslie's
    5. O'Carolan's Draught
    6. Driving The Cows/Bowlegged Tailor
    7. Golden Eagle/Acrobat
    8. Derry Fiddler's Lament (Danny Boy)
    9. King of the Clans/Ten Pound Float
    10. El Redondo Encantado (Redondo Circle Dance)
    11. Old Blackbird/Blackbird
    12. Ben Hill/Rossmore Jetty
    13. Dever The Dancer/Humours of Derrykissane/Paddy Hiudai's
    14. Las Perlitas Polka (Little Pearls Polka)

  • Musicians
    • P.V. O'Donnell: Fiddle
    • Father Charlie Coen: Concertina & Flute
    • Tom Byrne: Harmonica
    • Patsy O'Brien: Guitar

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Jimmy Sweeney
Come Listen Awhile
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  • Come Listen Awhile
    • 1998 - Strule CD 1001 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Whiskey In The Jar
    2. The Star of The Co. Down
    3. Sonny's Dream
    4. Mary Mac
    5. Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore
    6. The Whistling Gypsy Rover
    7. The Black Velvet Band
    8. The Mary Ellen Carter (Stan Rogers)
    9. The Mountains of Mourne
    10. The Spanish Lady
    11. Song For The Mira
    12. The Moonshiner
    13. Wild Mountain Thyme
    14. Farewell To Nova Scotia

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  • Musicians
    • Jimmy Sweeney: Vocals, Guitar, 4-String and 5-String Banjo, Mandolin, Cittern, Whistle and Bodhrán
    • Kevin Roach: Guitar, Mandolin, Mando-Cello
    • Brian Doherty: Bass
    • Bill Bailey: Accordion, Harmonica (Song for the Mira)
    • John Goodman: Flute and Whistle (Star Of The Co. Down, Song For The Mira, Spanish Lady)
    • Nelson Ferguson: Fiddle
    • Kevin Evans: Keyboards (Song For The Mira, Spanish Lady)
    • Don Chapman: Percussion
    • Tom Sweeney: Whistle, Harmonica
    • Chris Clarke: Keyboards
  • Credits
    • Recorded at Sperrin Studios, Ireland
    • Engineer: Tom Sweeney
    • Assistant Engineer Kevin Sweeney
    • Additional Recording, Mixing and Mastering at D.C. Productions, Dartmouth, N.S., Canada
    • Engineer Don Chapman
    • The Spanish Lady Guitar tracks recorded at Sound Market Studios, Halifax N.S., Canada
    • Engineer: Terry Pulliam
    • Photography: Barrett & MacKay, Cornwall, P.E.I., Canada
    • Graphic Design: Dereck Day
    • Thanks to all the musicians whose creative talents enriched this project. Thanks for the magical touch, Ronnie.
    • Special Thanks to my brother Tom and to Theresa, Clifford and Ronnie who helped make this album possible.
    • Dedicated with love and appreciation to my wife Colleen and my children Conor and Pearse.
    • © 1998, STRULE MUSIC

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Jimmy Sweeney
Sailing Ships & Sailing Men
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  • Track List:
    1. Paddy Lay Back
    2. The Rosabella
    3. Oh! California
    4. The Leaving of Liverpool
    5. All For Me Grog
    6. Bonnie Hieland Laddie
    7. Haul Away Joe
    8. Pay Me My Money Down
    9. Tiger Bay
    10. John Kanaka
    11. Old Moke Pickin' On A Banjo
    12. Santianna (Bound For The Rio Grande)
    13. Clear The Track
    14. The Drunken Sailor
    15. Essiquibo River
    16. Maggie May
    17. Blood Red Roses
    18. Rolling Home To Nova Scotia
    19. Leave Her Johnny

  • Musicians
    • Jimmy Sweeney: lead vocal, acoustic guitar, tenor and longneck 5-string banjo
    • Kevin Evans: lead vocal, lead acoustic guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin, tiple, tin whistle, harmonica, autoharp and bodhrán
    • Brian Doherty: lead vocals and bass guitar
    • Tom Roach: percussion
    • Donnie Webb: concertina
    • Anthony Rissesco: fiddle
    • On the acapella Shanties:Donnie Webb, Brian Doherty, Kevin Evans, Jimmy Sweeny, Dan MacKinnon, Donnie Moore, Dave Hickey and John Ferguson
  • Credits
    • Produced by Glen Meisner and Kevin B. Evans
    • Recorded at CBC Studio H in Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • Engineered by Karl Falkingham
    • Mastered at DC Productions by Donnie Chapman and Kevin B. Evans
    • Art & Design: Susan Love, Wendy deCoste
    • Photography: front cover — Philip Plisson, inside and back cover — George Georgakakos

Sleeve Notes

The immortal words of John Masefield, poet and sailor. The poet's work evokes memories of a bygone day whose mystery, adventure, challenge and romance are reborn in the mind's eye at the sight of a majestic tall ship or at the sound of an old sea song. The great sailing ships themselves were a symphony of sound with their every movement. The masts sang as the stays that supported them were drawn tight when the wind blew, the sails sounded like drums as they filled with air, anchor chains rattled through the hawseholes and pawls clicked into place. All the while, the sailors sang in rhythm to weigh anchor, set the sails or pump the bilges. Their work songs were known as shanties and the songs they sang in port or after supper were known as forebitters.

To this day, the songs of the sea are kept alive in the many shanty festivals that exist throughout the world and also in the taverns of maritime countries, their haunting melodies conjuring up something of the atmosphere of that long-ago life in the days of the great sailing ships.


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Tom Sweeney
Little Isle Of Green
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  • Little Isle Of Green
    • 1990 - Shanachie 52002 CASS
  • Bard of Ireland
    • 1995 - Gallows Hill (?) CD

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  • Side One
    1. Little Isle Of Green
    2. Sea People
    3. Homes Of Donegal
    4. Do You Think I Do Not…
    5. Between Me & You
  • Side Two
    1. Daisy A Day
    2. Tyrone 'Mongst The Bushes
    3. Tie Me Down
    4. The Dark Island
    5. Killyburn Brae

  • Musicians
    • Tom Sweeney: vocals, guitars, mandolin, whistles and harmonica
    • Colm Muinzer: keyboards
  • Credits
    • Recorded in June 1989 at Lisburn Road Studios, Belfast, Ireland
    • Engineer: Colm Muinzer
  • Notes
    • This album was recorded while Tom was still a member of Barley Bree.

Sleeve Notes

Little Isle of Green (T. Sweeney)
There is something about a long summer's day in Ireland that inspires peace and contentment. Some of my own thoughts make up the song.

Sea People (A. Mac Gillivary)
A lovely song about the folk who make their living on the sea. From the Pen of my good friend Allistair Mac Gillivary of Cape Breton. Canada.

Homes of Donegal (Trad. P.O.)
This was a great favorite at every gathering when I was growing up in Ireland. Donegal possesses the most rugged land and gentle hearts in the country.

Do You Think I Do Not Know (H. Lawson)
I've always loved the words of this most tender of love songs. Written by the nineteenth century Australian poet Henry Lawson and learned from the singing of Priscilla Herdman.

Between Me and You (Me Gee)
For many years Walton's Music Galleries in Dublin sponsored a Saturday afternoon program on Irish radio. It became an institution and met it's end only recently. Saturdays aren't the same somehow. This little piece of nonsense was performed regularly by one of the Walton's stalwarts, the great Charlie McGee.

Daisy A Day (J. Strunk)
If you listened to a lot of pop music you'd imagine that love was the sole possession of the young. The late, great Jud Strunk knew better and wrote this wonderful song.

Tyrone 'Mongst The Bushes (T. Sweeney)
You think of home at the oddest times and places and I wrote this song while looking out over the Atlantic in Marblehead, Massachusetts. For the ones at home.

Tie Me Down (A. Mac Gillivary)
I suppose love manifests itself in many ways and sometimes the kindest act of love is tying someone down who might otherwise go off the rails. Love is kind.

The Dark Island (Trad.)
Everyone has their own dark island to which they may retreat to find peace and solitude This song is Scottish and I learned this version from my old friend John Kerr from Kerrykeel in Donegal.

Killyburn Brae (Trad.)
The battle of the sexes has been going on for a long time and I'm not sure that it's over yet! Even the devil couldn't handle the woman in this song. An old traditional favorite in Ireland that I learned at school from the Christian Brothers. Education, what?

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Tom Sweeney
The Fair Hills Of Ireland
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  • The Fair Hills Of Ireland
    • 1995 - Shargem SHACD123 CD
    • 1995 - Shargem DVDTS01 DVD

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  • Track List:
    1. The Fair Hills Of Ireland
    2. To Welcome Paddy Home
    3. Leaving Enniskillen
    4. The Gem Of The Roe
    5. The Lovely River Finn
    6. The Homes Of Donegal
    7. Anthem For The Children
    8. Emmigrant Eyes
    9. The Spanish Lady
    10. The Hills Above Drumquin
    11. Carrickfergus
    12. The Meeting Of The Waters
    13. The Little Isle Of Green
    14. My Cavan Girl
    15. Down By The Sally Gardens

  • Notes
    • The CD and DVD have a different track order.
    • Additionally, the DVD lists one track not (listed) on the CD — "The Emigrant (poem)".
    • See Tom Sweeney's website for more of his solo recordings.

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