The Woman I Loved So
Well - TARA 3005
||True Love Knows No Season
||Out On The Ocean / Tiocfaidh Tu Abhaile Liom ('you
will come home with me'?) Double Jigs
||The Tailor's Twist (hornpipes)
||Johnny of Brady's Lea
||The Woman I Never Forgot / The Pullet / The Ladies
I Loved So Well
- Christy Moore and Friends
Donal Lunny : 10-string bouzouki, guitar, synthesiser
Andy Irvine : bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals
Liam O'Flynn : uilleann pipes, whistle
Christy Moore : guitar, bodhran, vocals
Matt Molloy : flute
Noel Hill : concertina
Tony Linnane : fiddle
Bill Whelan : keyboards
Producers : Donal Lunny and Brain Masterson
Engineer : Brian Masterson
Assistant Engineers : Pearse Dunne, Paul Thomas, Kevin Molony
Front Cover by Pat Musick
Recorded & mixed at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
1. True Love Knows No Season,
In December 1979 I met Noel Shine (whistle) in the Phoenix Pub, Cork,
where he sang this song for me. It was written by Norman Blake and it's
special in that it's the first Cowboy song I've heard in a Cork City pub.
2. Double Jigs :
(a) Out On The Ocean or Tierney's Jig
A well-known jig associated with Co. Clare.
(b) Tiocaidh Tu Abhaile Liom
An old jig heard from the playing of the late Willie Clancy & which
appears in THE DANCE MUSIC OF WILLIE CLANCY - Pat Mitchell no.21.
3. Roger O'Hehir
Again we have to thank Sam Henry for this tale. Roger never amounted to
much, we fear. He seems to have been best at breaking out of jail. As
a petty criminal he was definitely a failure and he even seems fairly
relieved himself when faced with the gallows in the last verse.
4. Hornpipes :
(a.) The Tailor's Twist
I first heard this tune many years ago from the playing of fiddle
player Joe Ryan. One also associates this tune with the piper Tommy Reck.
(b.) This tune is one of many I have learned from Junior Crehan
from Co. Clare. Junior tells me he heard the tune from the late Denis
Murphy, Co. Kerry, who brought the tune back from America. Junior had
no name for this tune.
I learned this from the Sam Henry collection courtesy of John Moulden's
fine book SONGS OF THE PEOPLE and it appears to have come originally from
one Jim Carmichael of Ballymena, Co. Antrim. The story appears to be that
the girl's father did not consider Willie to be a suitable match for his
daughter and had him sent away overseas. She waits in the certain knowledge
that he will return. John Moulden writes, 'The Kellswater, a tributary
of the River Main, rises as the Glenwhinny river on the west slope of
Agnews hill which overlooks Larne, and then flows westward through Kells,
collecting its name as it goes, and joins the Main about five miles north
of Randalstown.' Our congratulations to the hero & heroine of this
song for being the sole surviving characters on this album.
6. Johnny of Brady's Lea
This is a famous traditional ballad from Scotland that I've known for
years. Johnny is evidently an outlaw or at least a man who pays little
regard to the game-laws. Despite his mother's warning , he sets out one
day to 'bring the dun deer down'. His dogs & himself feast on the
deer to such an extent that they all fall asleep. The foresters are tipped
off by an interfering old codger and wound Johnny mortally as he sleeps.
Johnny wakes in a rage and kills six of them. The seventh one suffers
multiple injuries and is put on his horse to ride out of the forest and
tell the news. Johnny Moynihan sings a version called 'Johnny O'Cocklesmuir'
where the hero kills six, wounds one and rides off unscathed.
(a) The Woman I Never Forgot (Canny's)
Noel & Tony learned this tune from a recording made by the fiddle
player Paddy Canny of Tulla, Co. Clare.
(b) The Pullet
Tony learned this tune from Jim O'Connor who plays the flute and comes
from Miltown Malbay.
(c) The Ladies' Pantalettes
One of the first tunes I learned form the late Leo Rowsome form whom
I had my first lessons on the pipes.
8. Little Musgrave
I was first drawn to this song by its length. The first verse appealed
to me because I too went to Mass to look at girls. I collected it in a
book which had no music but I was lucky to collect a tune from Nic Jones
album discovered on a field trip through Liam O'Flynn's flat. I first
heard the adjoining tune (Paddy Fahy's Reel) in a dressing room in Germany
when, having just died the death Matt played to us and made me forget
where I was for 3 minutes 23 seconds.
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