Music and Stories in the traditions
of our Celtic Dead

Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her

A good Sea Shanty. Sometimes, you just have to leave her.

Rolling Down to Old Maui

The song and tune presented is an evolution of one that was collected by Gale Huntington, who found the song in 1858 from the ship's log with the Atkins Adams, out of New Bedford. Originally written as "Rolling Down to Mohee."

Star of the County Down

Cathal McGarvey wrote lyrics for this traditional Irish tune in the early part of the 20th century. Good tune and song.

Baidin Fheilimi - Feilimi's Little Boat

A very lively song about the sinking of Feilimi's Little Boat. Another team project by the Keltic-Rogue Initiative. Great fun.

Keltic Spirits of Yul - Keltic-Rogue Initiative Project

Earnie Taft (Irish Rogues) helped me to arrange this tune that I wrote for all those spirits in the Yul time of the year. A KelticDead original tune (copyright 2016) that I made public with credits. Tell 'em the tune came from the KelticDead. Sounds neat that way. Earnie made it into a really good 'fiddle' tune.

Mo Ghile Mear (My Shining Hero)

A Powerful Tune about those who go to war, and those that remain. There are many variations of this Gaeilic song over the years, and translating the lyrics into English is not easy. Sting came up with this variation that he sang with the Chieftains a few years back that I feel best represents the feelings by wives, and families of those who go to war.

Roddy McCorley

Roddy McCorley is a classic Irish rebellion tune and song, and a favorite of many pub bands. Roddy McCorley was the son of a miller and was born near Toome in the parish of Duneane, County Antrim. A few years before the 1798 rebellion McCorley's father is believed to have been executed for stealing sheep, though these charges may have been politically motivated in an attempt to remove a troublesome agitator at a time of great social unrest. Following his father's execution, his family were evicted from their home.

After the rebellion, McCorley joined the notorious Archer's Gang made up of former rebels. It is believed that McCorley was caught while trying to emigrate to America, after being betrayed by an informer.

After McCorley was arrested he was tried by court martial in Ballymena and sentenced to be hanged "near the Bridge of Toome", near the modern day community of Toome in the parish of Duneane. His execution occurred on the 28th of February in 1800.

Rights of Man

Very nice, traditional Celtic tune often referred to as a "broken jig." Original version was called "Fishar's Hornpipe" and the current name was in honor of an American Revolutionary figure, Thomas Paine, who wrote the "Rights of Man," which is a fundamental part of the American constitution.

Storms are on the Ocean

The Carter Family made this traditional OldTime tune popular.  I used an "Eb key" Seydel Steel Diatonic Harmonica.

Foggy Dew

Originally composed as a love song out of Scotland, the tune was reused to account for the Easter Tide Rebellion in 1916 in Dublin.

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