More (Mostly) Folk Music

Patrick Street   •   Street Life

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  • Street Life
    • 2002 - Green Linnet GLCD1222 CD (USA)
  • Tracklist
    1. Saddle the Pony, The Boys of the Town & The Frost is All Over (jigs)
    2. Barna Hill (song)
    3. The Old Reel, Drowsy Maggie & Kay Girroir (reels)
    4. If We Had Built a Wall (song) (Dominic Madden, Burke & Foley)
    5. Down in Matewan & Lost Indian (song) (Trad., A. Irvine)
    6. Down by The Old Fairy Fort & The Whistler and His Dog (hornpipes)
    7. The Diamantina Drover (song) (Hugh MacDonald)
    8. Art O'Keefe's; Forget Your Troubles; Joe Bane's & Kiskeam (slides & polkas)
    9. Green Grows the Laurel (song)
    10. King of the Pipers, Free and Easy, The House on the Hill & O'Keefe's (jigs & reels) (Trad., Joe Thomas)

  • Musicians
    • Steve Cooney: Percussion (Track: 3)
    • Gay Dalzell: Harmony Vocals (Tracks: 4, 6 & 9)
    • Matt McElroy: Banjo (Track: 5)
    • Bruce Molsky: Fiddle (Track: 5)
    • Bernie Nau: Piano (Track: 3)
    • Cal Scott: Alto Horn & Cornet (Tracks: 4, 6 & 9)
  • Credits
    • Produced by Ged Foley & Patrick Street
    • Recorded at Peach Fork Studios, Pomeroy, Ohio
    • Engineered by Bernie Nau
    • Additional Recording at Einini Studio, The Mill, Naas, Co Kildare Navessa Studios, Saugerties, New York Cal Scott Music, Tigard, Oregon
    • Engineered by Steve Cooney, Chris Anderson & Cal Scott (respectively)
    • Arranged by Patrick Street
    • Brass Arrangements: Cal Scott
    • Design: Brad Wrolstad
    • Street Photography: Stephen Daly
    • Band Photography: Giorgia Bertazzi

Sleeve Notes

The songs and tunes are all traditional unless otherwise noted. Attribution of a song's source is relatively easy but the tunes prove to be a little more difficult. Those tunes were learned from a variety of players and texts over many years, and, unfortunately, the dimness bom of the passage of time means that a complete listing is no longer possible. However, I would like to mention several people for their contributions: Rose Murphy for The Whistler and his Dog and Drowsy Maggie; Sue Sternberg for Kay Girroir; Mark Roberts for The House on the Hill. Also I would like to thank John Skelton and Chris Parkinson of The House Band for their input into the original arrangement of The Diamantina Drover. My thanks are also due to Bernie, Matthew, Bruce, Gay, Steve and Cal for their invaluable help with this project.

— Patrick

Song Notes

Barna Hill — I heard an old man sing this song back in 1963 at a Fleadh Cheoil in Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick. I had been looking for it ever since until a friend supplied a tape recording made by Deirdre Scanlon of Co. Limerick. The view from Barna Hill is well worth a visit! And … where would we be without this multi-purpose tune!

— Andy

If We Had Built a Wall & The March of Time — Kevin and I first heard Dominic (Madden) sing this song a few years ago and I knew, there and then, that I would like to learn it. Dominic comes from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, and is one of the many fine musicians who began their playing careers under the tutelage of the famous Mrs. Flannery. He was inspired to write the song by the news coverage of the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

— Ged

Down in Matewan & Lost Indian — I spent a lot of my youth listening to Old Timey music, buying old 78s from collectors and swapping tapes. A considerable number of the musicians who recorded in the '20s and early '30s had worked at some time in the West Virginia coal mines and I was surprised at the lack of songs relating the turbulent history between coal operator and miner. The labor troubles, strikes and violence go all the way back to the beginning of these mines in the 19th century and culminate with the Battle of Blair Mountain where the US Army and Air Force was called out to quell the angry coal miners. I decided to write a song, keeping the words as close as possible to the Old Timey tradition, about the way the miners, trying to organize, had been abused by all the institutions available to the powerful coal companies. The Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency was, like the more famous Pinkertons — largely made up of violent men who were hired out to the coal companies. Mother Jones was born Mary Harris, in Cork sometime in the 1830's. She became a union organizer and agitator at an advanced age and traveled wherever she saw the miners — "my boys" — in need of her support. Ludlow refers to the massacre of 13 children in Ludlow, Colorado in 1915. Mother Jones was there as well. The tune, which follows the song, is Eck Robertson's version of Lost Indian.

— Andy

The Diamantina Drover — I learnt this song in Edinburgh in 1984 from Martin College and have been singing it ever since. I believe the song was inspired by a conversation Hugh had with an old drover during a train journey. The Diamantina is a river in Queensland, Australia.

— Ged

Green Grows the Laurel — I heard the late and seriously lamented Luke Kelly sing this song in O'Donoghue's Bar in Dublin in the early sixties. It was also in the repertoire of Al O'Donnell — a very fine singer and banjo and guitar player. I think I probably learned it from Al.

— Andy