Colm O'Donnell | Farewell to Evening Dances

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Farewell to Evening Dances

by Colm O'Donnell

Colm O'Donnell from Aclare, Co. Sligo, Ireland is a traditional musician and singer who plays flute and tin whistle.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Road to Monalea/Up Spincin (reels)
2:38 $0.99
2. Erin gra Mo Chroi (song)
4:01 $0.99
3. John Feehily's/Cuigiu Lassies (jigs)
2:13 $0.99
4. The Trip to Athlone?The Blackthorn Stick (jigs)
2:07 $0.99
5. Cunla/The Frieze Breeches (song, jig)
3:18 $0.99
6. The Trip to Birmingham (reel)
1:41 $0.99
7. An Tonn Amplach (The Hungry Sea) (air)
3:16 $0.99
8. THe Boys of BarrNa Straide (song)
4:38 $0.99
9. The Dublin Reel (reel)
1:25 $0.99
10. Paddy Cronins (jigs)
3:40 $0.99
11. The Bodhran (song)
5:14 $0.99
12. The Maid Of Mount Cisco/The London Lassies (reels)
3:54 $0.99
13. The Hill of Knocknashee (song)
6:19 $0.99
14. Sherwood Forest/The Boys of Bluehill (hornpipes)
2:56 $0.99
15. A stor mo Chroi (The Love of My Heart) (song)
4:00 $0.99
16. The Shaskeen/Jim Donahughe's (reels)
3:21 $0.99
17. The Battering Ram/The Besom in Bloom (jigs)
3:13 $0.99
18. Horses and Plough (song)
5:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
Colm O'Donnell, Farewell to Evening Dances

Colm O'Donnell, outstanding singer, gifted musician, lilter, and music composer, was born in the parish of Kilactigue, Co. Sligo in 1962. With the release of Farewell to Evening Dances, a trip to Sligo will not be required to experience the music of this All-Ireland artist. It contains a broad, interesting cross-section of material. Newer tunes in the traditional idiom include two lovely reels, The Road to Monalea and Up Spincin, composed by Colm The heartfelt slow air) An Tonn Amplach (The Hungry Sea) is another O'Donnell composition.

Colm's songs are suffused with a ring of authenticity. The title Farewell to Evening Dances, is taken from the song The Hill of Knocknashee, a sentimental and lyrical ballad of exile. Colm's singing style is sweet, tuneful and full of soul. His songs could be described as nicely understated, yet full of warmth and feeling. His flute and whistle playing is lively, bouncy, and varied, ornamented in the great North Connaught tradition.



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One of my favourite flute albums
Colm is a flute player's flute player, a superb singer and composer, a shepherd and a breeder of sheep dogs. What else do you want? Buy this CD now! A couple of highlights: a beautiful version of "Erin gra Mo Crhoi" (Ireland love of my heart), and Colm's own air "The Hungry Sea", done on low whistle, will take your breath away.

heather mackenzie

Amazing album!
This is an amazing album from a little-known Irish flute/whistle player and singer. I heard about it from a message board for whistle and flute players, and I'm so glad I bought it. I agree 100% with the other reviewers on this page. I hope that Colm O'Donnell will release another album soon. I can't recommend this enough for those who like traditional Irish music.

K. Mac

Farewell to Evening Dances
I think Colm O Donnell is a fabulous singer and musician. It is such a pity that he is not better known. I am finding it very hard to obtain his other albums in the shops in Mayo. They tell me they just cant get them. I play this album on a continuous basis and absolutely love it. I think it portrays the real spirit of traditional singing. Best wishes to Colm and I would love to know when I could see him live in the Connaught area.

K. Mac

Seamus Doherty

This CD is an inspiration for whistle and flute players and especially those like myself who are in the learning process, thank you.

helen kisiel

the music is the essence of my love for ireland and the ox mountains
For me the music conveys the real spirit of what I love about Ireland, the mystery,longing,and the joy and fun of the dance music. the variety of tune and songs is well balanced and I love the simplicity of the arrangements -no high tech trad--just a tempo and orchestration to bring out the beauty of the tunes. Thanks for thejoy it has brought me. Helen