David Bowen - Fresh From the Past

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David Bowen:  vocals, guitar, keyboard, concertina (12), five and six string banjos

Andy Rogers:  fiddle (tracks 1, 3, 5, 9, 11)

Bruce Gartner:  mandolin (tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14)

David Mosher:  fiddle (track 12), bass (tracks 10, 13, 14, 16)

Frank Edgley:  concertina (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 9)

Jon Cotton:  bass (tracks 1, 3, 7, 8, 9)


1. Bridget O’Malley
Originally, Brid Og Ni Mhaille, a song of unrequited love from the 18th Century; the original lyrics were in Irish.  English lyrics with permission from the copyright holder.

2. Loftus Jones
Composed by the blind Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738).  I learned this tune many years ago from Mick Moloney.

3. The Loch Tay Boat Song
A traditional Scottish Ballad of lost love from the 1800s.

4. Set of Reels
The Maid Behind the Bar, followed by Mayor Harrison’s Fedora, and The Star of Munster in a set of Irish Reels.

5. Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa’
This is my favorite Scottish Love song, written in the late 1700s by the poet and songwriter Robert Tannahill.

6. Set of Jigs
Arthur Darley’s, also known as The Swedish Jig, starts this set of jigs, followed by The Blarney Pilgrim and The Humours of Ballyloughlin.

7. Paddy’s Lamentation
I learned this from the great Irish singer Frank Harte.  An immigrant song of an Irishman who flees from famine conditions in Ireland only to be caught up in the Civil War in the United States.

8. Cape Clear
An Irish slow air followed by a march, The Beauties of Autumn by John Brady.

9. Bogie’s Bonnie Belle
This traditional Scottish Bothy song recounts the sad tale of a young hired hand courting the farmer’s daughter but all does not end well …

10. Shady Grove
This version of an old time tune, from the great West Virginia fiddler Henry Reed, followed by another traditional WV piece, Come Back, Davey,and Act Like You Ought To.

11. Bonnie Doon
From the late 1700s by the great Scottish poet and songwriter Robert Burns.  I learned this from the singing of Kathy Morris.

12. Set of Hornpipes
The  Blackbird, a tune from County Sligo; the set of hornpipes is rounded out with Jacky Tar, and Bonaparte’s March.

13. Green Fields of America
Another immigrant song, but with a happier outlook.  There are several recorded versions in three-quarter time; mine is in four, more like a late 1970s version recorded by Andy Irvine with the group Planxty.

14. The State of Arkansas
This is an Irish version of an old American Ozark folk song lamenting living conditions in the state in the mid-1800s railroad building boom.  Followed by the old-time fiddle tune, The Cherokee Shuffle.

15. Road to Araglin
I wrote this song for my wife, Tina, who provided the background story based on her genealogical research of her McMahon ancestral family, who migrated from Co. Tipperary to Canada during the Great Famine.

16. Arthur McBride
I first heard this from the singing of Paul Brady.  An amusing tale of two young Irishmen who rather strongly resisted an English Sergeant’s invitation to join the British army.

17. Lament for Danny
I composed this piece in memory of my beloved brother Daniel Robert Bown, 1944-2009 R.I.P.

All songs traditional except tracks 15 and 17, ©David Bowen 2010.



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