Anthologies   •   Golden Hour Of Irish Ballads

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  • Golden Hour Of Irish Ballads
    • 1972 - Golden Hour GH 532 LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. Black Velvet (Trad. Arr. D. Kelly) — John Kelly
    2. The Travelling People (E. McColl) — The Johnstons
    3. The Boston Burglar (D. Murphy) — Johnny McEvoy
    4. Old Maid In A Garret (Trad. Arr. Sweeney's Men) — Sweeney's Men
    5. Shanagolden (S. McCarthy) — Paddy Day
    6. Rosin The Bow (L. Maguire) — Dermot O'Brien & The Clubmen
    7. The Shores of Amerkay (Trad. Arr. & Adpt. J. McEvoy) — The Broadsiders
    8. Beautiful City (Trad. Arr. Casey, Cogan) — Donal Ring Sound
    9. The Sea Around Us (Trad., D. Behan) — The Ludlows
    10. Flower Of Macroom (Trad. Arr. J. J. Oliver) — Sean Dunphy & The Hoedowners
    11. My Wild Irish Rose (C. Olcott) — Cotton Mill Boys
  • Side Two
    1. Muirsheen Durkin (Arr. J. McEvoy) — Johnny McEvoy
    2. The Curragh of Kildare (Trad. Arr. Moloney, Johnson) — The Johnstons
    3. Waxies Dargle (Trad. Arr. Irvine Moynlhan) — Sweeney's Men
    4. Slaney Valley (P. Kehoe) — The Kinsellas
    5. At Home in Donegal (S. McBride) — John Kerr
    6. The Butcher Boy (Trad. Arr. Loughran) — The Ludlows
    7. The Turfman from Ardee (Trad. Arr. Butcher, Livingstone) — Bridie Gallagher
    8. Nora (Trad. Words S. O'Casey) — Johnny McEvoy
    9. The Prisoner (Trad. Arr. P. Day) — Paddy Day
    10. The Bold O'Donoghue (Trad. Arr. Burke, Lynch) — The Dragoons
    11. Come To the Bower (Trad. Arr. Keleaghan) — Sean Dunphy

Sleeve Notes

Ballads have always been a popular form of musical entertainment and apart from their obvious charm they carry also an accurate reflection of the social life of their time.

In fact it's this perhaps more than anything else that gives the ballad its special place in the musical heritage of a country. Certainly the Irish ballad finds a ready reception wherever its heard and particularly when it's performed by those who know and love its basic simplicity.

This Golden Hour album is filled with those kind of people and a glance at their names should fill every lover of Irish ballads with anticipation. Likewise the songs themselves are the kind that have become firmly embedded in the history of the ballad. This musical heritage of a country does more than just provide a glimpse of its culture, it's traditions and its way of life; it provides, through the talents of some fine Irish singers and musicians, an entertaining hour of music that is very much in the tradition of the Golden Hour series.