Peadar MacMahon | The Legacy of Percy French

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The Legacy of Percy French

by Peadar MacMahon

Old Time Irish Folk music, an homage to irelands greatest Songwriter Percy French (1854-1920). The songs evoke times gone by.The music is charming and timeless,masterfully presented.The Mothers song makes grown men cry.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little Bridget Flynn, Sally in the Garden
7:03 $0.99
2. Gortnamona
3:08 $0.99
3. Abdul Abulbul Amir
5:19 $0.99
4. The Mothers Song - An Irish Mother
4:43 $0.99
5. The Darling Girl from Clare
4:08 $0.99
6. Eileen Og
5:29 $0.99
7. Come Back Paddy Reilly
5:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Peadar MacMahon is a proud native of Limerick, an ancient walled city in the west of Ireland. He has been living in western Washington since 1990 where he continues to perform Old-time
Irish and American folk.
He is a singer and multi instrumentalist. His strength lies in his unique interpretation of historic songs . His latest project is a CD and show of the works of fellow Irishman Percy French (1852-1920).
His performances are charming, heartfelt ,engaging and educational. He offers his audience a greater connection to the songs through the telling of their stories and his own. Expect an evening filled with the beauty, life,joy, and dark romance of Ireland. He may provide both a tear and a smile !
Percy French ( 1854 -1920 ) is considered by many to be Ireland's greatest songwriter. I am the third generation of my family to sing his songs and my families experience is far from unique. In Ireland in the 1960’s his name and songs were as familiar to us as those of Elvis Presley or The Beatles. He was spoken of fondly all over Ireland like a close friend or a favorite uncle, though he had been dead more than fifty years at that time.

Only in recent years have I learned of the extent of his life's work. Of his paintings, poetry, publications, operas, comic sketches and satirical reviews, his world travels, and more importantly of Percy French the man.

Researching, recording, and performing The Legacy of Percy French has brought with it many rewards. A greater appreciation for his songs , an awareness of his vast talents, and a greater understanding of the times in which he lived and how little has changed !

His first hit song “Abdul Abulbul Amir “(1877), is a satire on the war between Christians and Muslims .“The Irish Mother” describes the tragic loss of Ireland's children to emigration. His songs are timeless.

I hope you will support my efforts to bring the music and story of Percy French to a wider audience. Enjoy the music here and on my cd and please come and see the show.


Peadar MacMahon



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