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MP3 Boston Blackthorne - County Kerry to Kerry Park

Hard-driving Celtic and Irish-infuenced original music with 3 part harmonies and traditional Celtic instrumentation.

13 MP3 Songs in this album (45:07) !
Related styles: Folk: Celtic Folk, World: Celtic, Type: Acoustic

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Boston Blackthorne County Kerry to Kerry Park

1/ So Early in the Spring/Red-Haired Boy – A Scottish sea shanty transformed in the mountains of Appalachia into a love ballad. Jim first heard this sung by Judy Collins. Red-Haired Boy, also a Scottish tune, we do as a reel (also known as the Irish tune The Little Beggarman’).

2/ St. Peter’s Lament – Jon’s sea shanty, dedicated to one of the toughest trades going. St. Peter is a patron saint of fishermen – the lament is for the troubles of the New England fishing industry, where rapidly dwindling stocks and foreign ‘factory ships’ are threatening a traditional livelihood dating back to the 1600’s.

3/ The Humours of Ennistymon/Old as the Hills – Pete brought these trad tunes to the studio sessions – we rehearsed them for the first time on Saturday ‘till 3:00 in the morning, recorded them on Sunday – seisiún style!

4/ Big Old City – A beautiful ballad by Jim reflecting the true theme of the album. It traces his grandfather’s emigration from County Kerry, Ireland to Holyoke, Massachusetts. A classic.

5/ Coal Tattoo - The great Billy Edd Wheeler’s powerful tale of union miners in West Virginia.

6/ Geese in the Bog/Pipe on the Hod – A couple of the band’s favorite traditional Irish jigs.

7/ Billy in the Lowlands – A ‘prequel’ to Big Old City, this Dylanesque tune follows Jim’s father through the streets of Holyoke as a kid. This one is very special to the band, as Bill O’Connor (“Billy”) was a great Irish storyteller with all the humor and charm that comes with it, and a great fan of Irish music and Boston Blackthorne. He rarely missed a gig, nor an opportunity to join us onstage for a story or a joke, and like all the bards and minstrels before, his spirit is in these songs.

8/ Sam Adams/The Shores of Lake Cochituate – Jim wrote these two jigs – after recording them he wonderedaloud why the hell he put in so many notes! For many years, Red Sox games on radio were sponsored by a beer “brewed on the shores of Lake Cochituate”, which is across from Jim’s home. Sam Adams refers not to the patriot
or the beer, but to the Austin TX-made mandolin on which it was composed.

9/ Black & Tans – One of the most powerful Irish rebel tunes ever, done in an Americanized Wolfetones style. Dedicated to Parnell, Connolly, Pearse, et al.

10/ McCall’s March – The Celtic muses were definitely working through Chetz when he penned this one – simply a gorgeous melody invoking a Scottish army returning from battle across the misty highlands.

11/ Lose Your Troubles – We resurrected Jon’s bluegrass ballad – first recorded by the original St. James Gate in the late ‘70’s – for this album. A good example of that Celtic-bluegrass connection, Jim and Jon sang this one all over New England in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s as a folk duo.

12/ The Ballad of Mike Moylan – You will think this tragic tale is a traditional tune from a couple centuries back, but Jim wrote it just a few years ago.

13/ The Donkey Pilgrim – Long before the Celtic Tiger reared its head, donkey carts were a popular mode of travel and commerce on the Emerald Isle. Chetz wrote this one inspired by author an

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