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Come to the Faire

by O'hanleigh

Come to the Faire, dance, mind that cow and don't worry about that giant as fiddles, pennywhistles and lowland pipes take you home to emerald hills and blue skies n this festive celebration of Irish-American music,
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Come to the Faire
3:35 $0.99
2. Come in Sean
2:34 $0.99
3. Scarborough Fair / Butterfly
4:21 $0.99
4. Jack Haggerty
2:54 $0.99
5. Over the Sea to Skye
2:32 $0.99
6. My Cullohill
5:01 $0.99
7. Peggy and the Soldier
3:49 $0.99
8. Finn MacCool
2:20 $0.99
9. Dance
3:59 $0.99
10. Tir Na Nog
4:31 $0.99
11. Laddie and the Cow
3:11 $0.99
12. Rattlin' Bog
3:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Come to the Faire and enjoy this festival of upbeat Irish-American folk from Vermont, USA based O'hAnleigh -- the Irish-American folk band with roots that rock.


1. Come to the Faire: We love playing Renaissance Faires, and this song celebrates all the creativity and joy of these fabulous events. Tom Hanley on lead vocals, with a rousing chorus by all.

2. Come in Sean: We were playing at a pub late one rainy night and noticed a friend peering in the side window trying to determine if the music was still on. Tom waived him inside, spontaneously calling, "Come in Sean! Shed your oilskin cap and cares..." and put it all to words on the drive home after the gig. Tom Hanley on lead vocals, and on a bit of electric guitar as well. Pennywhistle and harmonica gives it that unique O'hAnleigh Irish-American edge.

3. Scarborough Fair/Butterfly: The Scarborough Fair lyrics are traditional, and we've set them here with a bit of a swing rolling into the slip jig, The Butterfly, played by Doug Riley on a cittern, with a countermelody by Cindy Hill on fiddle weaving it back into the Scarborough Fair tune. The song features the mellifluous tones of Becca Hanley.

4. Jack Haggerty: The traditional lyrics for this song hails from America's northern woodlands -- Minnesota and Michigan -- and tells the story of a raftsman working the Flat River, unlucky in love. But the song has an interesting back-story; it's attributed to Dan McGinnis, who, the story goes, was sore about being passed over for promotion and wrote this song to lampoon the guy who got the job, jesting that the boss's daughter jilted him, but then further disguised his satirical attempt by subbing in the name of lowly riverman Jack Haggerty for the real target. The joke wound up being on McGinnis, however, as it's a beautiful song long remembered after the attempt to slight his rival has been forgotten. Featuring Doug Riley on vocals and lead guitar. The original melody has apparently been lost; Mick Hanly gave us his kind permission to use the tune he set the words to in 1980, and Touchstone also graciously gave us permission to build on their clever use of the tune as a jig.

5. Over the Sea to Skye: The traditional Skye Boat Song's sorrowful lyrics tell of the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Jacobite defeat in 1745. In 1892, Robert Louis Stevenson transformed the song to a gentle tale of a boy sailing through the Inner Hebrides; the television show Outlander adapted Stevenson's lyrics to fit their story line. We started with the Stevenson lyrics as well, and added two verses to sail the sea of music on the ship Glory of Song. Lead vocals Cindy Hill.

6. My Cullohill: A poem with no known author is recited at funerals in Tom and Becca Hanley's ancestral home of Cullohill, County Laois, Ireland. Tom took the refrain from that poem and filled it in with verses telling the powerful wish of an old man to be buried in the home he left long ago. Tom Hanley on lead vocals, Jenn Wagner lending the haunting lowland pipes.

7. Peggy and the Soldier: Is it a love song, or a sordid tale of a camp-follower and a gold-digger being the perfect match for each other? You decide! This song plays on an old story, but in the folk tradition is has evolved to this original arrangement. Cindy Hill on lead vocals.

8. Finn MacCool: In the epic mythology, Fionn mac Cumhaill was the hunter-warrior leader of the Fianna. In Irish and Manx folklore, Finn is a kind, and even somewhat goofy, giant, who is frequently saved by his clever wife Oona. In our twist on the tale, Oona dresses Finn as a baby to outwit the landlord come to tumble the house.

9. Dance: This beautiful anthem of love for the land is right at home in our Green Mountains of Vermont and in the green hills of Ireland -- or anywhere that flowers bloom in green meadows and wind whispers through tall pines.

10. Tír na nOg: Tir na nOg is the Irish land of the forever young. Our baili takes us sailing across the Mag Mell to a simple and enduring land of green hills, blue skies, plentiful food and warm beds enough for all. Featuring the recording debut of young Grace Martin -- and the little children shall lead us...

11. Laddie and the Cow: A boy. A cow. A pretty (and might one say, forward?) maid. An angry (and might one say, opportunistic?) father. This is our kind of straw-hat, boots and barndance song! Lead vocals Tom Hanley. Some anonymous Long Island chick butts in at the end to harass the poor farm boy, too.

12. Rattlin' Bog: Becca Hanley gives us an erudite lecture on bog ecology in this one, and oh that crazy djembe! Sing along, if you can.


Tom Hanley, our fearless leader and front man, and driver of the truck: vocals, six and twelve string guitar, electric guitar, bass, harmonica, bodhrán, bouzouki, tenor mandolin, banjo, towel-on-a-drum

Becca Hanley daughter of Tom, ethereal beauty, and voice of an angel: vocals, pennywhistle, bodhrán

Cindy Hill, lyricist and lifelong harmonizer: vocals, fiddle, wood and metal spoons, tictoc, rainstick, banjo, pennywhistle

Doug Riley, stalwart sailor and researcher of historical songs: vocals, stand-up and electric bass, fiddle, guitar, cittern, mandolin

Reagh Greenleaf, Jr., Celtic artist of Rambletree and serious beater of drums: bodhrán, djembe tracks 2, 3, 7, 11, 12

Grace Martin, the amazing daughter of Becca making her recording debut: vocal track 10

Jennifer Wagner, with kilt and the courage to formulate spontaneous pipe tracks : Scottish small pipes track 6




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