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About the Old Songs

by Ask Your Father

A collection of well-researched traditional songs sung with warm, intimate arrangements. From the humorous and slightly ribald "An Old Man He Courted Me" to the beautifully melancholy "The Water is Wide", this collection reflects moods for all occasions.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Trees They Grow So High
4:38 $0.99
2. The Sailor's Sweetheart
4:21 $0.99
3. Hard Times Come Again No More
4:59 $0.99
4. St Patrick's Day
5:46 $0.99
5. Sweet Maggie Gordon
4:15 $0.99
6. An Old Man He Courted Me
5:06 $0.99
7. I Live Not Where I Love
3:29 $0.99
8. Sing Me a Riddle
4:59 $0.99
9. The Water Is Wide
3:51 $0.99
10. The Courtship of Captain Wedderburn
3:39 $0.99
11. The Star of the County Down
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
With delicate vocals and deft instrumentation, Ask Your Father is the husband/wife team of Rich and Dee Kelly.

Ask Your Father performs original arrangements of traditional folk songs with vocals, 6 and 12-string guitars, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, tenor banjo, tin whistles, bodhran and other percussion.

Dee Kelly comes from America's Midwest, where she was steeped in a variety of musical styles. Rich Kelly comes from the Boston area, where he was raised listening to the folk songs of Ireland.

Rich and Dee perform regularly throughout New England and have toured southern Ohio twice.

"About the Old Songs" is their debut album and features their first original composition, "St. Patrick's Day", which they hope will become a March 17 sing-along favorite.



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T. Evans

Pleasing to ear and warming to heart.
The CD arrived. IT IS WONDERFUL!!! The voice is rich and subtle, magnificently modulated, ringing with authenticity, masterful in control, capable of Broadway belting of the the first order, funny and tender.

And the musical support is of a piece with the vocal work. I noted that you are credited with writing words and music for St. Patrick’s Day. Could have fooled me. Everything sounds like it was composed in “the old country” at least a century ago. I mean that as a real tribute to the writing skill. And the instrumentals throughout are deeply engaging-- “compelling,” a word used with some frequency by a critic this weekend to indicate a great value in a script to which he was reacting.

The only place I have a CD player is in my truck. It will stay there ready to hand, pleasing to ear and warming to heart.

Jo Robinson

Great CD!
It's great to listen to traditional songs done in a traditional vein! Rich and Dee Kelly offer homey, enjoyable renditions of folk songs with a feel of style and fun. For those who get into hearing true folk music of the Isles, this CD is a must-have!