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Winds of Change

by O'hanleigh

Crank up the Victrola -- railroads, factories, coalyards and emigration mean change is in the air and everything old is new again in this collection of original and turn-of-the-century music best listened to by gaslamp.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Peg O' My Heart
2:54 $0.99
2. William Lee and the Amazing Knitting Machine
4:12 $0.99
3. The Old Lamplighter
4:05 $0.99
4. Paddy Clancy's Wooden Wedding
3:01 $0.99
5. Shores of Botany Bay
3:46 $0.99
6. Beautiful Irish Maid
4:13 $0.99
7. Drill Ye Tarriers Drill
4:17 $0.99
8. When the Breaker Starts up Full Time
3:35 $0.99
9. My Boy Willie
3:45 $0.99
10. Molly Malone
3:12 $0.99
11. Lament for the Molly Maguires
2:27 $0.99
12. Toora Loora Looral
2:39 $0.99
13. Waxies Dargle / Girl I Left Behind Me / Liberty / St. Anne's Reel / Soldiers' Joy
6:02 $0.99
14. Winds of Change
5:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Music to soothe the steampunk soul! O'hAnleigh embraces the era of emigration, innovation and industry with this original and turn-of-the-century collection.


1. Peg O' My Heart: O'hAnleigh revives this 1913 Alfred Bryan and Fred Fisher song with a fresh arrangement and a bit of happy tenor banjo.

2. William Lee and the Amazing Knitting Machine/Lord Dunmore's: There were still knights in shining armor, and nation-states were a new thing when an English clergyman invented the automatic knitting frame and foretold the industrial revolution.
If you are wearing a t-shirt or machine-knitted socks right now, it's because of William Lee's 1589 invention. We put to music both the folklore (that he was inspired by the fact that his honey refused to put down her knitting) and the fact (he was denied a royal patent for his invention, and so sailed to France with some minor mechanical adjustments to knit silk). The song features the sampled sound of a 1950's Singer Model 155 Knitting Frame generously lugged to the studio and operated by our friend Gayle McClay Torrey!

Then to set the Paris ladies dancing we added an original tune -- Lord Dunmore's -- which celebrates a bit of Vermont folklore: Lord Dunmore is the kilted mannequin set out on the ice in winter at a nearby lake of the same name. Local folks place a wager on the date the lake will 'ice out' and Lord Dunmore drops through to go for a swim in the chilly waters. Sheet music of the tune is available on our website.

3. The Old Lamplighter: When there are sweethearts in the park, he'd pass the lamp and leave it dark... We could think of no more fitting emblem of the passage of the era of steam and gaslight than the demise of the evening lamplighters. Our tophats are off to this 1946 song by Charles Tobias and Nat Simon, for which we've used a fresh arrangement with harmonies we loved so much that we can't stop singing them.

4. Paddy Clancy's Wooden Wedding: Remember when people gave the traditional wedding anniversary gifts of paper for the first year, cotton for the second... and wood for the fifth? This humdinger of a fifth anniversary song was first published in 1907 and seems to have been popularly sung well before then. Grab your wooden spoons and join the party!

5. Shores of Botany Bay: Long before Johnny Paycheck's 'Take This Job and Shove It,' the Irish were expressing similar musical sentiments as they quit their menial labor jobs and joined the gold rush. Farewell to your bricks and mortar, farewell to your dirty lime, farewell to your gangways and your gangplanks and to hell with your overtime... First published in 1924, some of us would still love to sing this at work today...

6. Beautiful Irish Maid: Becca Hanley's ethereal voice breathes fresh life into the iconographic turn-of-century parlor song. Written by Chauncy Olcott in 1894, accompanied here by the music-box sound of Tom Hanley's 12-string guitar instead of the usual piano.

7. Drill Ye Tarriers Drill: We put a bit of the blues on top of Thomas Casey and Charles Connolley 1888 ode to the immigrant Irish building America's railroads.

8. When the Breaker Starts Up Full Time: A breaker is a mechanical device for breaking up coal into manageable lumps while dropping out much of the impurities from it. From the 1860s to the 1920s, these machines in the US were operated almost exclusively by small boys, who fed the industrial revolution with their youth and sweat -- and often with their limbs and lives. Cornelius "Con" Carbon was a real live breaker boy who entered the mines at age 9. He was also known as the Minstrel of the Mine Patch and kept the miners' spirits up with his impromptu songs. This song is widely attributed to him and first published in 1880, with our own calliope-style arrangement.

9. My Boy Willie: This song is a nautical version of the classic Butcher Boy tale, which is to say, a love story with a tragic end. Similar lyrics about the sailor boy Willie, lost at sea, and his love who sails to find him, were published in 1899, but the song roots go back much farther. Tom Hanley and Becca Hanley lead the vocals that tell the tale.

10. Molly Malone: The Penny Dreadful Version: The usual sing-along version of cockles and mussles was first published in the 1880s. We thought it was far too upbeat for the mean streets of Dublin when smoke rained down out of the chimneys and the broadsides were screaming news of Jack the Ripper, so we sent Molly down some back alleys with minor chords and a bit of gothic electric violin.

11. Lament for the Molly Maguires: This Irish Rovers classic by George and Will Millar recounts the three-decades long fight between the Mollies and the Pinkertons in Pennsylvania's coal mining country. Dozens of Mollies were charged with crimes and twenty hanged in the 1870s -- but they set the stage for the 1890 foundation of the United Mine Workers' Association and improvements in mine safety, conditions and wages.

12. Toora Loora Looral: The sweet pure voice of Becca Hanley on this 1913 Irish-Ameridan lullaby by James Royce Shannon.

13. Waxies Dargle/Girl I Left Behind Me/Liberty/St. Anne's Reel/Soldiers' Joy: Two biddies walked into a bar... and had no money. The only proper way to end this 1880s ditty is with Matt Bean and Cindy Hill fiddling out a wicked set of dance reels.

14. Winds of Change: The world now moves faster and faster... New York musician William Dexter penned the lyrics to this homage to changing times over the haunting 1965 melody by Mickey MacConnell ("Only Her Rivers Run Free"). We're honored to release it for the first time here.


Tom Hanley, bandleader and jack of all trades: vocals, six and twelve string acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, tenor banjo, railroad spikes, sawed-off baseball bat, wooden train whistle

Becca Hanley, our tattoed queen of sound: vocals, bodhrán, pennywhistles

Cindy Hill, master of the counter-melody: vocals, fiddle, electric fiddle, mandolin, bass, tictoc, metal and wooden spoons, tictoc, pennywhistles

Matt Bean, who never met a stringed instrument he could not bend to his will: tenor mando, tenor banjo, fiddle, electric fiddle, concertina, backup vocals

Reagh Greenleaf, Jr., the rhythm lord: bodhrán, djembe

Doug Riley, captain of bass: Electric bass track 7

Gale McClay Torrey, courageous and sporting to lug her mechanical treasure into the studio: 1950's Singer Model 155 Knitting Frame track 8

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Lane Gibson at Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering, Charlotte, Vermont.




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