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Celtic Ballads & Melodies

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Audio CD, January 23, 2012
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Editorial Reviews

Heather On the Moor (3:39)
Dirty Old Town (2:52)
Whiskey in the Jar (3:16)
Boys of Bluehill (2:19)
Love is Pleasin’ (3:40)
Shepherd Swain (3:43)
Well Below the Valley-O (2:36)
Morgan Meaghan (2:56)
Green Grow the Rashes-O (4:39)
The Owl (2:51)

Total running time, 32:37

“Celtic Ballads & Melodies” reflects my longstanding interest in the music of the British Isles. Some of the songs are old and timeless: “Heather on the Moor,” “The Shepherd Swain,” and “Whiskey in the Jar.” “Well Below the Valley-O” depicts an encounter at the well between a maid and a passing stranger. “Love is Pleasin’ “ is a sorrowful air lamenting the passing of youth. “Boys of Bluehill” and “Morgan Meaghan” are instrumentals.

“Dirty Old Town” was written in the 1950s by Scotsman Ewan McColl. “Green Grow the Rashes-O” is by Scots poet Robert Burns. I’ve tried to restore some of his original lyrics, which were censored during his lifetime. "The Owl," also known as "Utpick Waltz," is Inuit in origin.

Dean Rathje: voice, guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, bass.

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heather On the Moor
  2. Dirty Old Town
  3. Whiskey in the ar
  4. Boys of Bluehill
  5. Love is Pleasin'
  6. Shepherd Swain
  7. Well Below the Valley - O
  8. Morgan Meaghan
  9. Green Grow the Rashes - O
  10. The Owl

Product details

  • Audio CD (January 23, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 12, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Leaf Media, Inc.
  • Run Time: 33 minutes
  • ASIN: B00710XDP6
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