Mary Courtney | Sceil Eile (Another Story)

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Sceil Eile (Another Story)

by Mary Courtney

Irish, contempory and folk songs with a conscience.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Is Mise Eire ( I am Ireland)
3:36 $0.99
2. Trasna Na Dtonnta (Crossing The Waves)
1:53 $0.99
3. Sweet Thames Flow Softly
3:23 $0.99
4. 66 Days
3:06 $0.99
5. One Tin Soldier
3:31 $0.99
6. Avondale
2:43 $0.99
7. The Seeds Of Freedom
3:42 $0.99
8. Mandela
4:45 $0.99
9. The Curragh Of Kildare
3:51 $0.99
10. Christmas in the Trenches
5:51 $0.99
11. Derry City
3:04 $0.99
12. Irish Ways Irish Laws
2:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
**Mary on youtube:

Mary Courtney hails from a large musical family from Castlegregory, Co. Kerry, Ireland. She is the lead singer, guitarist, and bodhrán (Irish hand-held drum) player with the very popular New York based Irish Traditional band 'Morning Star'.
She has several recordings with the band namely,'These Better Days''Gra'and 'Away Ye Go Now'which can be purchased from cdbaby.Mary has also recorded with Black 47's Larry Kirwan on two of their albums 'Fire of Freedom' and their most recent recording 'New York Town' on the songs 'Living in America' and 'Eleven Years On' She has sang live many times with the band and most recently on stage at BB Kings NYC for the opening night party for the Tony Award winning play 'The Liutenant of Innishmore'
Chris Byrne of Seanchai and The Unity Squad invited Mary to sing his song 'Mise Eire' on their CD 'Rebel Massive' along with Shane McGowan and Damien Dempsey.
'Sceil Eile' is Mary's first solo CD. It is a collection of twelve songs each telling their own story of love (in its various forms), equality, and justice. Mary plays guitar for 10 of the tracks and bodhrán on one; she took the cover photo in 1995, from Brandon Point in Kerry. The last song is acapella. Beth Higgins sings backing vocals on track 5. In May of 2005 'The Memphis in May'International Festival featured Mary in that years festival's salute to Ireland which was the featured country that year.
Mary and many other singers and musicians donated their time and talent on a CD entitled 'Rescue'to help fellow counryman and singer Danny O'Flaherty who lost his livelihood and his pub O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.All monies from sales of this CD goes to Danny and his family.To purchase a copy of 'Rescue' please go to
Mary has a new single deal with MCS (Manhattan Center Studios)This new beautiful song is entitled 'The Sky Belonges to Dreamers' was written and composed by her very good friend Dave Mc Gilton from Co. Cork Ireland. For a preview and sales click on: or go to itunes to purchase. Dave has just released a new CD called 'Louder than the Drums of War' ( on this album donated their work for this amazing project.

**Mary plays a steady Thursday night session with fellow band member Bernadette Fee (fiddle)from 7pm to 10.00pm at The Punch Bowl Pub,5820 Broadway (at the corner of 238th St.)Bronx (718)884-7322 (

**Mary plays every Friday from 6-8pm at An Beal Bocht Cafe Bronx NY (718)884-7127 ( - come join her for 'Ballad Night'!

**Stop by The Heritage at 960 McLean Ave. on Sundays, 4-7pm to see Mary & friends performing some of your favourite songs & tunes. (914)776-7532

**Check out the band site:



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India and I are blown away...
India and I were surfing music...and found you, We were stunned to find your downloads on myspace. We found your website and your last CD, and both of us had tears and and an extreme desire to see you. If anyone reads this besides you, they might think that we are obsessed fans, they wouldn't possibly know that we are family. We miss you...I must call my sister or my mom and get your #. I have some gigs for you here if you are interested, but that's just a ploy to see you. India and I are so moved your voice! My friend, it was the best we've ever heard. The first time I ever heard your voice, it stood the hairs up on the back of my neck (my mother had the same experience that same night). My dear, your voice has improved...I am quite sure that this is not possible...India and I were awed by your new CD. She is dying to see you and know you...she calls you her aunt. Let's get in touch. I love you, Renee

Peter Conway

I admit that I had never heard of Mary Courtney, and only discovered this album while doing an internet search for something else. I listened to the sample songs, and knew I had to own this CD. So, not long after The CD arrived at my address in Coventry, England. The Cd is excellent, and I recommend it to all. Standout tracks for me are Derry City, Is Mise Eire and Seeds of Freedom, but every track is excellent. Mary, if you ever read this review, thanks for your time and effort in making the CD. Oh,and how about some more songs with just your beautiful voice and the bodhran?

Terry L. Holste

In a rating of 1-10 I would give this a 6.
The CD was good, but I felt that some of the songs had not been recorded properly - the phrasing, harmony, etc. left a little bit to be desired. However, I will probably purchase another one of her CD's in the future. Also, I was disappointed that it was not shipped in a plastic holder, as most CD's are, but if that is the way your CD's are sent, please downsize the CD cover, so it can be put in a plastic cover - plastic covers make it a lot for people to store their CD's.

martin kenny

vintage mary
mary is as good as they come , a pleasure to listen to and a great talent , being Irish im proud of ya

Kathleen Ryan

I love this CD and keep listening to it over and over. Mary's voice is incredible and songs leave you thinking about them after they are over. Favorite is Mandela but like them all.


Enjoyed immensely
I heard Mary sing in New York two years ago and was captivated by her rendition of Mandela. Bought the c.d. for that track alone yet have enjoyed all of them. I'm returning to the Big Apple in February and hope to catch another gig.

Meg Brooks

Mary gives voice to her passions for music and her homeland. Inspiring!
When I started to listen to this CD, I had to stop everything I was doing and give it my full attention all the way through. In this collection, which includes one of her own songs, Mary's lovely, supple voice captivates, moves, and gives one to think! An achievement. (Just wish there were more of the bodhran!)

bill mccormick

as usual, mary is at the top of her form
I don't think she could make a bad cd if she tried!!!

Aine Dubh

absolutely brilliant! I just love her voice - it is so beautiful and strong. I love that the CD is not mixed & re-mixed. It is raw and more beautiful because of that.

She also sounds great w/ Larry Kirwn on Black 47's new CD!
such diversity!

Frank Goodwin

Great voice, great songs.
The cd was recommended to me by someone in Boston and having known Mary's folks in Castlegregory I could'nt wait to try it. I was not disappointed. A wonderful voice and a great selection of songs.
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