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The Minstrel Boy Comes Home

by Brady's Leap

Poetry by Yeats, Robinson Jeffers, James Clarence Mangan, and traditional poems, as well as new lyrics by poets Steve Reese and William Greenway, all set to beautiful new tunes.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Angel's Share
3:52 $0.99
2. For Anne Gregory
3:49 $0.99
3. The Minstrel Boy Comes Home
4:27 $0.99
4. Shane O'Neill's Cairn
3:51 $0.99
5. St. Patrick These Snakes
3:49 $0.99
6. Mary Morgans
4:02 $0.99
7. The Garden of Ireland
3:16 $0.99
8. When You Are Old
2:56 $0.99
9. Rest Only in the Grave
3:43 $0.99
10. I Once Loved a Lad
5:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Minstrel Boy Comes Home is a lyrical blend of old and new, featuring poems of W.B. Yeats, Robinson Jeffers and James Clarence Mangan set to new music, along with compositions by poets Steve Reese and William Greenway. The haunting voice of lead singer Kelly Bancroft gives new life to ballads, and Reese’s vocals and guitar, along with bass by Jim Andrews, mandolin by Istvan Homner, and bodhran by Phil Brady interpret these well-beloved poems in a new idiom.

In this third—and last—Brady’s Leap CD, Steve Reese has composed songs in various modes, sometimes setting a record straight as in the comic “Garden of Ireland,” where sewage is “turning the Garden of Ireland into Love Canal;” or retooling myth in “St. Patrick These Snakes,” or mulling another ending to the martial “Minstrel Boy” where the young bard returns home in one piece. Reese’s cuttings from that great Scots-Irish American poet, Robinson Jeffers, commemorates Shane O’Neill, reminding us that “O if the dead could but open their mouths/ the earth would be filled with their hearty laughter.”

In lush, contemporary cadences, The Minstrel Boy Comes Home echoes poems as they were heard long ago: entwined with music from a time when lines were conceived and sung in one breath. By changing while staying true to their soulful source, these songs will last for many years to come.



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