A Thousand Farewells

By Martin Dowling, Christine Dowling, Daithi Sproule

  1. The Smokey Chimney
    The Frisco
  2. A Thousand Farewells
    Brendan Tonra’s
  3. The Gap In The Clouds
    The Beauty Spot
  4. Open The Door
  5. Dark Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair
    Caislean An Oir
  6. The Boys Of Ballynahinch
    Dick Gossip’s
    The Old Woman Of The House
  7. The Federal Soldier
  8. Fred Finn’s
    Peter Horan’s
  9. Hegel Helman’s
    Head First Into The Furze
    The Bee In The Bottle
  10. The Fairy Queen
    The Cuil Aodha
  11. The Banks Of The River
  12. Martin Ansboro’s
    The Girl That Broke My Heart
    Charlie Lennon’s
  13. New Year’s Day

One comment

"Reading between the lines, Martin and Christine Dowling seem to be a married couple living somewhere near Minneapolis but with proud Irish ancestry. Of the thirteen tracks on "A Thousand Farewells", three are sung by Christine and the rest are played on flute, fiddle and guitar. Two of the songs are American, one is Irish, and only one is a modern composition. All three songs are unaccompanied, and Christine Dowling’s delivery is strong and confident if a little bland.


The ten instrumental tracks cover a wide variety of forms and tempos, with Martin Dowling’s fiddle taking the lead in most cases, ably backed by Daithi Sproule’s guitar. Martin’s own compositions have a US flavour to them, but the rest of the tunes are inalienably Irish. The standard of musicianship is very high, and the overall sound is reminiscent of La Lugh or the early days of Altan. The pace is perfectly controlled, and the sound is extremely tight: very nice stuff indeed."

Alex Monaghan