Category Archives: Irish

Love Will Never Conquer Me / Carolan’s Welcome

I’m glad of everyone who comes to these pages, and the welcome visits of someone from Ireland reminded of this song which was written by Francis McPeake. I’m surprised I didn’t sing it more often in my professional days in … Continue reading

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Love Of My Heart

In a 1946 BBC broadcast, repeated on Radio 4 on 24th July 1980, James Stephens said that his friend James Joyce told him he’d learned the song from his grandfather, that it was the world’s best loved song and that … Continue reading

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The Blackbird & The Thrush

I like the free and easy way of this traditional Irish song & tune.

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The Whistling Thief

An Irish song rather different from English and Scots night visiting songs.

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Glenlivet Beer House

A medley of Irish tunes which a listener said should be called Beer Hall Of The Mountain King. Wish I’d thought of that.

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Carolan’s Welcome

Turlough Carolan was a blind Irish harper and prolific composer celebrated in his lifetime (1670 – 1738) and even more widely today. The music copy is from my notebook.

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Banish Misfortune

I have a large collection of songs and an even larger one of music, both are expanding almost daily. I can’t hope to record everything that takes my fancy, but here’s a favourite Irish tune on concertina, bodhran and guitar. … Continue reading

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The Shores Of Amerikay

Fifty years ago two Irish friends, about to marry, were slimming down possessions ready for their new life. They gave me what they thought were blank reel-to-reel tapes. I checked them over at home and discovered their beautiful voices. Later … Continue reading

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