Barley Bree   •   No Man's Land (USA)

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  • No Man's Land
    • 1986 - Shanachie 52012 LP (USA)
  • Side One
    1. Count O'Hanlon (T. Makem)
    2. No Man's Land (E. Bogle)
    3. Russell's Reel, The Laurel Bush (Trad.)
    4. Fincairn Flax (Hasson, Collins)
    5. Eleanor Kane, Dealer's Fancy & Lough Giel (Trad.)
    6. Artigarvan Mills Adieu (T. Sweeney)
  • Side Two
    1. The Dutchman (M. Smith)
    2. Green Fields of Glentown, Tear the Calico & Master McHenry's (Trad.)
    3. Clare to Here (Ralph McTell)
    4. Rape of Glencoe (J. MacClean)
    5. Song of the Irish Moss (Tom C. Connors)
    6. Margaree Waltz and Polka (Trad.)

  • Musicians
    • P. V. O'Donnell: Fiddle, Vocal
    • Tom Sweeney: Vocals, Guitar, Tin Whistle, Autoharp, Harmonica
    • Jimmy Sweeney: Vocals, Guitar, Cittern, 5 String Banjo
    • Seamus O'Hagan: Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Bodhran, Bones, Harmonica, Vocals
    • Brian Doherty: Bass
  • Credits
    • Recorded at Trend Studios, Dublin
    • Engineer: Paul Waldron
    • Produced by Barley Bree
    • Photo by John Powell, Halifax

Sleeve Notes

Count O'Hanlon — A 17th century rapparee, or Highwayman, O'Hanlon is still revered in local legend.

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

Russell's Reel, The Laurel Bush — Two reels.

Fincairn Flax — Flax was the raw material that went into the making of Irish Linen. Fincairn is a picturesque area of South Derry.

Eleanor Kane, Dealer's Fancy & Lough Giel — A set of three jigs.

Artigarvan Mills Adieu — 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'.

The Dutchman — A song of both love and war. One of the saddest songs we know.

Green Fields of Glentown, Tear the Calico & Master McHenry's — These three reels are heard very often in the Donegal area.

Clare to Here — 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.

Rape of Glencoe — A song on the attempted genocide by King William III in Scotland of the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe in 1692.

Song of the Irish Moss — This song tells of the fun they had in Prince Edward Island, as they gathered the moss.

Margaree Waltz and Polka — Two lively tunes from Cape Breton in Eastern Canada.