There Was A Maid

By Dolores Keane

  1. The Generous Lover
  2. The Bantry Girl’s Lament
  3. Tá Mo Chleamhnas Déanta (My Match Is Made)
  4. Lord Gordon’s
    The Laurel Bush
  5. Johnny And Molly
  6. The Shaskeen
  7. Lament For Owen Roe O’Neill
  8. Seven Yellow Gypsies
  9. Tommy Coen’s
  10. There Was A Maid In Her Father’s Garden
  11. The Carraroe
  12. The Bonnie Bunch Of Roses O

Five comments


A recording from 1978. Other musicians: Peadar Mercier, Máirtín Byrnes and The Reel Union. The sleeve notes leave me unaware of who the members of The Reel Union are.

About the tunes

Lord Gordon’ s is an older two part version than the one that was made popular by Michael Coleman.

Track 9 is Christmas Eve

The Jigs on track 11 are preceded by Sixpenny Money (not announced).

Reel Union

If memory serves, "Reel Union" were, as well as Dolores Keane :

Kieran Crehan [ fiddle ]
Eamonn Curran [ uillean pipes & whistles ]
John Faulkner [ bouzouki, guitar & vocals - he also plays fiddle, but I can’t remember if he does on this recording ]

A classic album, one of the best ever for a good mix of songs and tunes. The version of "The Laurel Tree/Bush" is a bit "crooked" too. Could never figure that one out, somehow.

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Thanks, Kenny for that information!