Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over it: ~ North Monaghan / East Fermanagh

By Various Artists

  1. The Humours Of Aughnashalvey
    The Emyvale
    Séamus Mór McKenna
  2. Owen Connolly’s Fling
    John Joe McElroy’s Fling
    Mick Rooney’s
  3. Boys Of Carrickroe
    Knockatallon Cross
    The Setting Sun
  4. Lullaby For Irish Pipes
  5. McKenna’s
    Jacks Alive
    McKenna’s No.2
  6. My Charming Edward Boyle
  7. Miss Mullen
    The Green Cockade
    Margot Jackson
  8. Mick Rooney’s
    The Monaghan Scutcher
    When You Come Home, You’ll Get It, You’ll Get It
  9. O’Connell’s
    Norah Of The Glen
    Francie McKenna’s
  10. Lord Rossmore’s Tally-Ho In The Morning
    Eddie Curran’s
    The Roving Lads Of Dava
  11. The Kingston
    The Thresher
  12. The Granshaw Boys
    The Three County Hollow
    The Sporting Lads Of Scotstown
  13. The Maid Of Sweet Kilmore
  14. Mick Rooney’s
    Before Owen Connolly’s Time
    The Cadger’s
  15. A Truagh Clog Dance
    John Joe McElroy’s

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Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over it

This album relates to the music of the Sliabh Beagh region of counties Monaghan and Fermanagh. Reuniting musical repertoire collected in the region during the 19th and early 20th century with some of the region’s current traditional musicians, the album has arisen from the PhD research of Seán McElwain of the traditional group Téada. Musicians featured on the album include:

Seán McElwain (bouzouki, banjo, Co. Monaghan)
Dónal McCague (fiddle, Co. Monaghan)
Darren Breslin (button accordion, Co. Fermanagh)
Conor McCague (banjo, Co. Monaghan)
Michael Rooney (concertina, Co. Monaghan)
Brian McGrath (piano / banjo, Co. Fermanagh)
Laura Beagon (fiddle, Co. Monaghan)
Michael McCague (guitar / bouzouki, Co. Monaghan)
Monica Beagon-Treanor (vocals, Co. Monaghan)
Caitríona Sherlock (vocals, Co. Monaghan)
Eamonn Curran (uilleann pipes, Co. Monaghan)


“A fascinating musical project … beautifully rendered … the reflection of a musical community rallying around and exploring a shared and underrecognized identity” Dan Neely (Irish Echo)

“Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over It has a charm and depth that’s incomparable. It’s easy to hear the musicians’ emotional attachment bursting through on this very important collection.” John Carty (TG4 Musician of the Year 2003)

“Musically it is a revelation and could quite easily become album of the year … An outstanding recording of traditional music.” Tony Lawless (TradConnect)

“A revivified local accent and an intensely populated repertoire underpin this finely executed collection: a feast for local and curious eared visitor alike.” Siobhán Long (The Irish Times)

“Our Dear Dark Mountain With The Sky Over It: Irish Traditional Music from the Sliabh Beagh Region of North Monaghan/East Fermanagh”

A joy!!! 🙂 ~ Lovely tunes well played, and a couple of songs well sung too, highly recommended…

Re: Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over it: ~ North Monaghan / East Fermanagh

Link edit:
Track 11 #2 The Thresher is an unusual version of The rights of Man https://thesession.org/tunes/83

Re: Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over it: ~ North Monaghan / East Fermanagh

It’s not showing up above, but this fine recording can be bought through “iTunes”.

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