Native Irish Singer
Irish Songs You'll Love
Click the orange links to hear sample cuts from Kathleen's latest CD: Irish Songs You'll Love
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Read Irish Music Magazine's review of this album here.
1. Red is the Rose (Trad)
This popular song echoes the yearning of a man for his ‘bonny Irish lass who is fairer than any’. Collected from Tommy Makem and the
Kathleen - Vocals, Debra Peterson - Harp and Flute, Warren Calvert - Rhythm guitar, Doug Olsen - Mandolin
2. The Lark in the Morning (Trad.)
This is a song about the birds and the bees! One of the many songs that crept into my collection while growing up in Ireland. The
reference to the singing skylark in this song reminds me of the those pristine childhood days in the Cavan countryside.
Kathleen - Vocals, Debra Peterson - Harp
3. When I Grow Up /The Bodhran Song (Brian O'Rourke)
Great Irish wit. The song is told from the point of view of a young goat who longs for his new life as a bodhran when he will get to travel
the world from session to session, entertaining fans of Irish music. Maybe you will get to meet him! I first heard this song from Colm O’
Donnell at the All-Ireland Fleadh Competition.
Kathleen - Vocals, Brian Fleming (Dublin) - Bodhran, Goat effects, Donal O'Connor (Dublin) - Fiddle
4. The Orchard /Sweet Dungarvan Time (Kevin Evans)
My favorite song in this collection. The song details the life story of an old man who lived near an orchard beneath the Comeragh
mountains in Dungarvan, County Waterford. I learned it from Liam Clancy.
Kathleen- Guitar and vocals, Debra Peterson - Harp, Whistles and Flute, Warren Calvert - Rhythm Guitar, Doug Olsen - Mandolin
5. Oro, Se Do Bheatha Bhaile (Padraig Pearse)
This is a patriotic song written about the times when Ireland rallied her European allies to fight the foe. I learned this song in school. I
don’t remember the tempo being this fast, though!.
Kathleen - Guitar and vocals, Debra Peterson - Harp, Whistles and Flute, Michael Vignoles (Galway) - Uilleann Pipes and Whistle
6. Nell Flaherty's Drake (Anon.)
Sung a cappella, this song is very ‘amusing’ yet it was penned as a secretive, mournful tribute to Robert Emmet, who was hanged for
leading a small nationalist uprising in Dublin in 1803.
Kathleen - Vocals
7. The Snowy Breasted Pearl (Trad.)
I learned this love song from my father, James. What a beautiful collection of passionate and endearing terms!
Kathleen - Guitar and vocals, Debra Peterson - Harp, Whistles and Flute, Warren Calvert -Rhythm Guitar, Doug Olsen - Mandolin
8. Jimmy, Mo Mhile Stor (Anon.)
This love song tells the story of a young lady who pines for her lover, Jimmy, who has decided to see the world before settling down. She
is also lamenting that her family has no consolation for her in his absence. I learned this song from Delores Keane, who is one of the
finest Irish singers I know. Wow!
Kathleen - Guitar and vocals, Debra Peterson - Harp
9. Among the Heather (Trad.)
The song tells the story of a romantic encounter in the heather while the young lady was herding her sheep. This romantic (thorny?)
encounter occurred before internet dating and facebook .
Kathleen - Vocals
10. Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore (Trad.)
This is a great song of emigration from Ireland to the USA. I stole this song from my brother, Sean, on one of our great trips to Harriman,
Kathleen - Guitar and vocals, Debra Peterson - Harp, Whistles and Flute, Warren Calvert - Rhythm Guitar, Doug Olsen - Mandolin
11. Road to Lisdoonvarna/Trip to Sligo (Trad.)
Two traditional Irish jigs.
Kathleen - Bodhran, Debra Peterson - Whistle
12. Names of Tunes (Phil McGowan/Music-Carmel Gunning)
This song delightfully recounts a dream of an Irish music fanatic in which he meets all the characters named in Irish tunes like Drowsy
Maggie, and The Hag With all the Money. Dedicated to all the great singers at sessions, this song will stop those musicians for a few
minutes! No? Collected from Carmel Gunning, County Sligo.
Kathleen - Vocals, Michael Vignoles (Galway) - Uilleann Pipes and whistle
13. The Star of the County Down (Trad.)
Thank you Van Morrison for reviving this great song about a man who was smitten by a lovely young girl with nut-brown hair. However,
he was appropriately cautioned that he would not have a hope of romancing her as she was "The Star of the County Down".
Kathleen - Guitar and vocals, Debra Peterson - Harp, Whistles and Flute, David Shew - Bass Guitar