Christy Moore and Donal Lunny play guitars.
Donal Lunny also plays bouzouki, bottle neck bouzouki on
'The hackler from Grouse Hall'.
Liam Og O'Flynn plays Uilleann pipes and whistle.
Andy Irvine plays mandolin and mouth organ.
Clive Collins plays fiddle, Dave Bland plays concertina.
Kevin Conneff plays bodhran.
Recorded at Prosperous Co. Kildare and produced by Bill
Production master by D.A Pickett , E.M.I. studios .
Master disc cut by John Wadley, E.M.I. studios.
Sleeve photographs by Bill Leader.
Sleeve design by Janet Kerr.
Record first released 1972.
1. The raggle taggle gipsies; Tabhair
dom do lamh
One of the first singers I ever encountered was the late John Reilly
from Boyle. This was one of the many songs I heard him sing the
time I met him. It was in Grehans Pub in Boyle, and with the sisters,
Francie, Marie and Bernie encouraging John to sing, a mighty session
ensued. The song is followed by Liam Og , Donal and Andy playing
Tabhair dom do lamh (Give me your hand). The transition from the
song to the tune proved a tricky point to negotiate but Donal was
the one to do it.
2. The dark eyed sailor
This is a song I learned from Andy Rynne of Prosperous, Co
Kildare. The story is yet another version of the broken token theme.
3. I wish I was in England
I got the idea for this song from an old book of Irish songs
which had been poorly translated. I rewrote the song, put a new
tune to it and this is the result .
4. Lock Hospital
There have been many British garrisons around the world down
through the years and each one has had its own Lock Hospital for
soldiers who caught the dreaded disease. I believe this a Dublin
song, but if not its musical origins are certainly Irish.
5. James Connolly
This is by far the best. I first heard it sang by Johnny Moynihan.
Being unable to get his version I added bits and pieces myself and
I hope I haven't offended anybody by having done so.
6. The hackler from Grouse Hall
A song from Colm O' Loughlin . I can appreciate the sentiments
of this song, having partaken of the poteen on many occasions. It
was only on the last day of the recording that we found Kevin Conneff
and his bodhran, otherwise he would have been on many more tracks.
7. Tribute to Woody
This is the only Dylan song in my repertoire and I learned
it from Tony Small, a very fine singer from Galway. There is very
little I can add to what has been said about woody , except that
for me he was the man. This song is for Owa, Josh, Tony, Andy, Ralph
and all who loved him.
8. Ludlow massacre
My favourite Woody song. Woody wrote this song in the hope
that such things would cease, but it looks as if this sort of intolerance
and brutality will be with us for some time.
9. Letter to Syracuse
This was written by Dave Cartwright and Bill Caddick from Wolverhampton
who play a lot of their material at their club in Halsowen each
This song really invokes strongly a mood which some might say sentimental
but I think that a people who had to uproot their lives and cross
the seas to who knew what, can be allowed a little nostalgia.
11. The Cliffs of Dooneen,
Another song from Andy Rynne and a song I've been waiting to
sing with Liam Og for many years. Clare has been my favourite county
and I appreciate anyone having strong enough sentiments to write
such a beautiful song.
12. Rambling Robin
I learned this song from Mike Harding of Manchester just before
I made this record. Most large families have at least one Rambing
Robin and like the prodigal son he always returns, but in this case
the fatted calf was not to be had. Andy's mandolin playing on this
track is really beautiful.
This record was conceived when I met
Bill Leader for a pint in Mooney's in the strand. We decided to
make the record in Ireland and use some of the fine musicians that
still work and play there. The record materialised some six months
later in the vaulted cellars of Rynne's stately Georgian house at
Prosperous in my native Kildare countryside.
We were lucky enough to find Clive Collins doing his busking in
Grafton Street. David Bland had come across with Bill Leader to
record Tim Lyons in Clare .Kevin Conneff turned up during the recording
too. Andy Irvine, Liam Og O'Flynn and Donal Lunny were all ready
to go, so hardly pausing at Dowling's dartboard and drink boutique
for more than an hour or so, we made our way to my sister Anne's
splendid sandwiches in her splendid kitchen in her splendid house
at Prosperous, then down to the dungeons to make the record.