Paddy Reilly   •   The Fields Of Athenry [2]

  • The Fields of Athenry
    • 1984 - Dolphin DOLX 9002 LP (IRL)
  • Side One
    1. Fields Of Athenry (Pete St. John)
    2. The Town I Loved So Well (Phil Coulter)
    3. Farewell To Nova Scottia (H. Creighton)
    4. The Galtee Mountain Boy (Trad. Arr. Paddy Reilly)
    5. Farewell To The Rhonda (F. Hennessy)
    6. John O Dreams (B. Caddick)
  • Side Two
    1. Scorn Not His Simplicity (Phil Coulter)
    2. The Crack Was Ninety in The Isle Of Man (B. Rush)
    3. Dancing At Whitsun (Lyrics By - J. A. Martin)
    4. Mulligan & Me (R. Taylor)
    5. Jim Larkin (Pete St. John, Trad.)
    6. Bunch Of Thyme (Trad. Arr. Eamonn Campbell, Paddy Reilly)

  • Track Sources & Notes
    • Tracks: 6 & 10 are previously un-released tracks.
    • Track: 2 is from The Town I Loved So Well (1975)
    • Tracks: 3-5, 8, 9 & 11 are from Green Shamrock Shore (1980)
    • Tracks: 7 & 12 are from the single release Dolphin DOS 156 (1981)
    • Track: 1 is from the single release Dolphin DOS 169 (1982)
      • All releases of "The Fields of Athenry" have slightly different track lists.
  • Notes
    • Information on this release comes from outside sources.

Sleeve Notes

It has been said by eminent historians, both at home and abroad, that Ireland's greatest export has been its people. When one examines Ireland's troubled past, this comment can be seen to contain a greater degree of truth than might at first be apparent.

Before the infamous Great Famine which tore the country apart in body, soul and mind, the population of Ireland was many times greater than it is now.

But fate, added to our misery by causing vast numbers of our people to take the various emigrant and transportation ships from the land of their heart's desire to the lands of opportunity and survival. Many others as a result of non payment of rent or petty thievery were sent away in "prison ships" to Australia where they served out their sentences.

But before they reached those foreign shores they endured the living hell of overladen and diseased-ridden vessels on dangerous storm-tossed seas.

There is one point on this record when Paddy Reilly reaches back to that era of pain and poverty and expresses with poignancy and heartfelt emotion the plight of those who left the shamrock shore, when in the Fields of Athenry, he sings "Nothing really matters when you're free."

In many ways that line alone sums up the history of Ireland Paddy Reilly's voice is the voice of every emigrant who ever left Ireland in search of a freedom not to be found in their native land.

With his unique voice Paddy Reilly's performance on this album demonstrates quite clearly why he is Ireland's best folk & ballad singer.