Excerpt from the CHICAGO DAILY NEWS
Recent years have seen increased interest in Irish folk music, not only among descendants of the people from Eire, but among non-Irish Americans as well. One of the finest examples of this revival is a trio known as the Dayhills, a folk group in the tradition of the Irish bards of centuries past. The group consists of Tom and Barbara Dahill, a husband and wife from St. Paul, and Chicagoan Chuck Heymann.
For the last four years, the Dayhills have been performing ballads, jigs, reels, and hornpipes, showing greater mastery of the idiom each year. In recent months they have performed in several cities around the country: Chicago, St. Paul, Denver, San Francisco and Portland.
by Andrew Segal
The Man from the Daily Mail; we adapted this song from the singing of Patrick Hill, a singer and songwriter from Tipperary, now living in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Hills of Granernore, The Banks of the Roses, and The Lish Young Buy-a-Broom; we adapted these three songs from the singing of Jack Finan, a well-known singer on the South Side of Chicago, originally from Sligo.
The Belfast Hornpipe, Old Man Dillon, The Rose in the Heather, Carmody's Jig, and The Lark in the Morning; we learned these tunes from Pat Flannagan, a button-accordion player, native of Mayo, presently living in Denver.
The Broad Black Brimmer we learned from Nick Coleman. Jr., who wrote the third verse and also taught us Slan Libh, a Paedar Kearney song. Nick is from St. Paul, now residing in Minneapolis.
Soldier, Oh Soldier, we dedicate to Jimmy Cummins from Mayo, "God help us."