Seán Cannon   •   The Roving Journeyman

  • Roving Journey Man
    • 1977 - Cottage COT 411 LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. Roving Journeyman
    2. Wild Rover
    3. My Lagan Love
    4. Green Fields of Canada
    5. Banks of the Bann
  • Side Two
    1. When a Man's in Love
    2. Sally Gardens (Lyrics: William Butler Yeats)
    3. Merrily Kiss the Quaker's Wife
    4. Lambs on the Green Hills
    5. Song for Ireland (June & Phil Colclough)

  • Musicians
    • Seán Cannon: Vocals and Guitar
    • Neil Bedow: Whistle
    • Sue Dunne: English Concertina
    • Jez Dunne: Fiddle
  • Credits
    • Produced by John Golding
    • Engineered by Monty Bird
    • Recorded at Bird Sound Studios, Feburary, 1977
    • Photography: John Kellett
    • Sleeve Design and Artwork by John Golding
    • A Cottage Records Production
      • Originally released © 1977 Cottage Records
      • Re-issued © 1987 Folksound Records
  • Notes
    • Information on this release comes from outside sources.

Sleeve Notes

Roving Journey Man
A tranlastion of the old Irish song "An Spailpín Fánach" which appears in the book. "Kings, Lords and Commons" by Frank O'Connor

Wild Rover
The lesser known version of this well worn song learned from Donal McGuire, deals with the wisdom of hindsight with regard to a life time of indulgence.

My Lagan Love
Although many explanation have been put forward as to the source of the song it remains much of a mystery. Even so it bears a most attractive tune.

Green Fields of Canada
An Emigration ballad of the post famine period relating to the penial times of Ireland.

Banks of the Bann
A song which illustrates the old story of parental objection to the relationship of their offspring with a partner deemed unworthy.

When a Man's in Love
A song of the trials and tribulation of courtship, ending on this occasion, favourable.

Sally Gardens
From a poem by W.B. Yeats.

Merrily Kiss the Quaker's Wife
A lilted version of the well-known Kerry Slide (jig).

Lambs on the Green Hills
A variant of the "The False Bride", a song popularized in Ireland. The tuned is said to come from the Hebrides.

Song for Ireland
Evocative of the West of Ireland as seen through the eyes of a visitor.