Mountains o’ Mourne

17 03 2011

Mountains o’ Mourne—Traditional, lyric by Percy French, 1896 (Recorded March 17, 2011) I’m breaking my rule here by posting a song not written in the 20th Century. It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, after all, and my birth name is Patrick, even though I am of Italian ancestry. So many people throughout my life assumed I was Irish because of my name that I consider meself tah be an honorary Oyrishman. (Added later: To anybody who ever considered me to be Irish based on my name: have you taken a look at me? Swarthy Mediterranean guys are seldom confused with the fair Gaelic folk of Eire.) ;°)


The melody of “Mountains o’ Mourne” is from a traditional Irish folk tune known as “Carrigdonn” that probably goes back 200 years or more. I remember getting bowled over by Don McLean’s lovely, melancholy 1970s take on this tune; McLean’s version was my inspiration for this recording. Happy St. Pat’s day, all! (Now where’s that bottle of Jameson’s?)

This will be probably the last song I record for the time being. See you next week!

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2 responses

17 03 2011
Boz

Nice! Happy St. Paddy’s Day.

17 03 2011
Patsy Monteleone

Tip o’ the glass to you!

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