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Jimmy Sweeny   •   Come Listen Awhile

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  • Come Listen Awhile
    • 1998 - Strule CD 1001 CD
  • Tracklist
    1. Whiskey In The Jar
    2. The Star of The Co. Down
    3. Sonny's Dream (Ron Hynes)
    4. Mary Mac
    5. Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore
    6. The Whistling Gypsy Rover (Leo McGuire)
    7. The Black Velvet Band
    8. The Mary Ellen Carter (Stan Rogers)
    9. The Mountains of Mourne (Tune: Trad. Words: P. French, Arr. Sweeney)
    10. The Spanish Lady
    11. Song For The Mira (Allister MacGillivary)
    12. The Moonshiner
    13. Wild Mountain Thyme
    14. Farewell To Nova Scotia (Trad. Collected H. Creighton. Arr. Sweeney)

  • Musicians
    • Jimmy Sweeney: Vocals, Guitar, 4-String and 5-String Banjo, Mandolin, Cittern, Whistle and Bodhrán
    • Kevin Roach: Guitar, Mandolin, Mando-Cello
    • Brian Doherty: Bass
    • Bill Bailey: Accordion, Harmonica (Song for the Mira)
    • John Goodman: Flute and Whistle (Star Of The Co. Down, Song For The Mira, Spanish Lady)
    • Nelson Ferguson: Fiddle
    • Kevin Evans: Keyboards (Song For The Mira, Spanish Lady)
    • Don Chapman: Percussion
    • Tom Sweeney: Whistle, Harmonica
    • Chris Clarke: Keyboards
  • Credits
    • Recorded at Sperrin Studios, Ireland
    • Engineer: Tom Sweeney
    • Assistant Engineer Kevin Sweeney
    • Additional Recording, Mixing and Mastering at D.C. Productions, Dartmouth, N.S., Canada
    • Engineer Don Chapman
    • The Spanish Lady Guitar tracks recorded at Sound Market Studios, Halifax N.S., Canada
    • Engineer: Terry Pulliam
    • Photography: Barrett & MacKay, Cornwall, P.E.I., Canada
    • Graphic Design: Dereck Day
    • Thanks to all the musicians whose creative talents enriched this project. Thanks for the magical touch, Ronnie.
    • Special Thanks to my brother Tom and to Theresa, Clifford and Ronnie who helped make this album possible.
    • Dedicated with love and appreciation to my wife Colleen and my children Conor and Pearse.
    • © 1998, STRULE MUSIC

Whiskey In The Jar — A wonderful adventure story of a highwayman and his false lover. Many versions exist in Ireland.

The Star of The Co. Down — A light hearted love song set in the North of Ireland. It has been recorded by all kinds of musicians ranging from choirs and classically-trained Irish Tenors to traditional ballad singers.

Sonny's Dream — This lovely song is sung all over the World and is a "must" in any evening's entertainment in Eastern Canada.

Mary Mac — A real gem of a comic tongue-twister from Scotland. They just don't write them like this any more.

Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore — The plight of the emigrant is well illustrated in this, one of the finest of our emigration ballads of Ireland. Derry was one of the leading ports of departure in Ulster.

The Whistling Gypsy Rover — A wealthy young girl falls in love with a penniless gypsy man only to discover later that he is really a rich lord in disguise. A ballad of true romance.

The Black Velvet Band — The most petty crime was cause enough to find oneself transported to the penal colony of Van Dieman's Land in Australia at the latter end of the 18th century. Many never made it home again.

The Mary Ellen Carter — Stan's classic song of hope and perseverance is an anthem for Every man for all time.

The Mountains of Mourne — Written by Percy French at Skerries, just outside of Dublin, while gazing at the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down on a lovelv clear summer's afternoon.

The Spanish Lady — A courting dialogue between a young man and a haughty young lady who imagines herself far above her station.

Song For The Mira — Thoughts of happy times spent in the company of good friends. As Allister himself says, this is a song "for everyone everywhere who loves a river like mine."

The Moonshiner — A grand old Irish-American drinking song with a great singable chorus. Sing along!

Wild Mountain Thyme — Lyrics and melody combine effortlessly in this sweet love song from the repertoire of the famous McPeake Family of Belfast.

Farewell To Nova Scotia — A local Maritime anthem collected by Dr. Helen Creighton from various singers along the shores of Nova Scotia. I learned this song in the 1960s from the singing of Catherine MacKinnon. It has been a particular favourite of mine ever since.