Jim Sharkey | Sweet Anne's Road

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Sweet Anne's Road

by Jim Sharkey

Jim is not only a gifted songwriter, but delivers his brilliant material via his wonderful Irish tenor voice. "Sweet Anne's Road" is a treasure chest of beautiful original and traditional ballads exquisitely arranged and accompanied in an acoustic setting
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Anne's Road
5:59 $0.99
2. September
3:37 $0.99
3. Blow the Candle Out & the Kerfunten
4:46 $0.99
4. The Three Ravens
4:39 $0.99
5. Venus de Milo 1820
3:40 $0.99
6. Fair Maid in the Garden
3:52 $0.99
7. House of Cards
5:08 $0.99
8. Green Grows the Laurels
3:12 $0.99
9. Man Without a Country
4:35 $0.99
10. The Campaign Song
5:29 $0.99
11. I Saw from the Beach
4:04 $0.99
12. Adieu to Belashanny
4:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
I grew up in County Roscommon, Ireland. In the seventies we used to go to outdoor festivals or up to Galway city and play music in impromtu pub sessions. It was a fun time. In 1981 we traveled down to Macroom to see Van Morrison, Paul Brady, and Mike Oldfield. The following year Elvis Costello was playing. I saw Scullion play that morning too and they were great. I think they still get together and play at different times of the year. The Rolling Stones were at Slane Castle in 1982, I think. I'm a bit fuzzy on the years. But that was another good festival. And of course there was Lisdoonvarna where you could see Rory Gallagher, Christy Moore, Planxty, Emmylou Harris, John Sebastian, George Thorogood, Jackson Browne and many others. I left in 1982 as I was out of work for six months and had no prospects of anything opening up. I was a plasterer and there wasn't much building going. So, I joined the US Navy in London, England, and was sent to Florida, then onto San Diego, California, where I was stationed on the Sub Base at Point Loma. Funny enough, while I was waiting 6 months or so to go to the navy I got a good job in construction that I enjoyed and that would have been fairly permanent. That's the way things go but I don't regret it. You can't regret things like that. Only move on and enjoy it. I met my wife out in California and all things turn out for the best. I played a little bit in the navy but not that much. It's not that I lost interest in it. I just thought I had lost my voice and energy for it. The songs weren't coming out the way they should so instead of getting frustrated I put it aside. I didn't seriously take it up again for twenty years or more. In the meantime, I worked in television doing news stories everyday and also making some documentaries on my own. I later went into teaching chiildren with disabilities in the public schools. I taught children with emotional disabilities and children with autism. In 2013, I was back in Ireland and went to a concert by the French band Doolin' down at The Coleman Center in Gurteen, County Sligo. At that concert I thought to myself "when I go home I must play a bit more" and that's what I did. I looked for places to play and worked hard at the job learning songs and trying to give a good show. I'm still learning but moving forward. The CD has taken up a good part of the year but it was an enjoyable time recording with Dave Fason, of Windfall Studios over in Floyd, Virginia. In the past year I also have met some talented and great people like poet and B&B owner Lisal Kayati Roberts, Mike Mitchell, Dave "Davz Not Here" Annerelli, Burt Mitchell and Barbara Coffey (both of them I have know for a few years now), and many others. I was so happy to have Johnny Towey play on this. I played with Johnny in a few sessions in Spells Pub in Ballaghadereen, my hometown, and would get swept up with his playing. He was the first one I thought of when I wrote The Campaign Song. I knew he would know the style to play it in because it is very much like a Christy Moore song so all I had to tell Johnny was play it that way and he did. Thanks too, to Christy Moore. I cannot deny that his influence comes out of most of the songs I do and it's only right to acknowledge that. I hope you like the CD and thanks so much for your interest.



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Gretchen Miller

Sweet Anne's Road
Love this cd.... Jim's voice is lovely, the music is wonderful, and I love the local ties to the Roanoke and Floyd area in House of Cards. I'll be playing this cd often, and it makes a great Christmas gift or birthday gift for friends!