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The Road Taken

by Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt

Traditional ballads from the Ulster provence of Ireland sung in unison with tin whistle, spoons, and sean-nós dancing thrown in for good measure.
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1. Seventeen Come Sunday
Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt
1:55 $1.00
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2. Bonny Brown Jane
Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt
2:40 $1.00
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3. The Creel
Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt
1:49 $1.00
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4. Do Me Justice
Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt
3:41 $1.00
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5. Where the Moorcocks Crow
Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt
4:39 $1.00
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6. The Load of Kale Plants (feat. Brian Ó Hairt)
Len Graham
2:14 $1.00
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7. The Rambling Boys of Pleasure
Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt
2:56 $1.00
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8. The Crockery Ware
Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt
2:15 $1.00
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9. The Fair of Ballydareen/the Doonagore (feat. Len Graham)
Brian Ó Hairt
2:55 $1.00
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10. True Lover John
Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt
2:39 $1.00
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11. Don't Come Again
Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt
2:02 $1.00
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12. Happy Are We All Together
Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt
2:32 $1.00
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13. The Drunken Tinker/Green Grow the Rushes O (feat. Brian Ó Hairt)
Len Graham
2:54 $1.00
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
To speak of Ireland’s singing traditions is to draw from a patchwork of songs and singers, poets and tongues, histories and stories that reach as far back as fadó ó shin to as near as yesterday. Its richness is matched only by Ireland’s famous shades of green or the subtle accents of her people scattered among provinces and counties, islands and parishes. To bring such disparate traditions together as Ulster’s ballads and Conamara’s lyrical sean-nós would seem contrary. However, the balance of Len Graham’s brassy, rich baritone and Brian Ó hAirt’s silver, clear tenor strikes a chord that touches the heart—that conveys volumes in each note they sing. Further balanced by stories, tunes, lilting and dancing, Len and Brían create a magical backdrop for enriched listening not often experienced even in Ireland.

County Antrim born, Len Graham has been a full-time professional singer for three decades. From the early 1960s Len sought out and recorded older singers such as Eddie Butcher and Joe Holmes; and after winning the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann traditional singing competition in 1971 his reputation began to grow along with his own passion for the songs of his native Ulster. He has since recorded both solo and collaborative albums with John Campbell, Cathal McConnell, Garry Ó Briain and Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin and with the famed band Skylark. He his list of honors include the Seán O’Boyle Cultural Traditions Award, the TG4 “Traditional Singer Of the Year” award,  the “Keeper of the Tradition” award from the Tommy Makem Festival of Traditional Song, the US Irish Music Award in the “Sean-Nós Singing” category, and the Gradam na mBard CCÉ (CCÉ Bardic Award). Len’s book – Here I Am Amongst You on the songs, dance music and traditions of Joe Holmes (1906-1978) was published by Four Courts Press in 2010.

Brian Ó hAirt is the only American to have won the coveted senior title in traditional singing at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Listowel, Co. Kerry in 2002. In his teens, Brian’s introduction to Chicago’s Irish-speaking community allowed him to cultivate a rich understanding of the sean-nós singing tradition even before his eventual immersion in the language while living in the Connemara region of western Co. Galway. This experience has left him with a vast repertoire of song and rich store of language that continues to inform and inspire his singing. He has performed and taught extensively in North America and Ireland and has been featured on various NPR and RTÉ radio programs. Like Len, he also received the US Irish Music Award in the “Sean-Nós Singing” category and is an award-winning sean-nós dancer (Cruinniú na mBád, 2003) and accomplished instrumentalist on concertina, accordion, and whistle performing regularly with his Chiago-based ensemble Bua.

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