Grey learned the slow air “Sweet Iniscara” from the singing of Niamh Parsons, a wonderful singer from Dublin. It was written by John Fitzgerald (1825-1910), who was known as “the Bard of the Lee.” Fitzgerald’s lyrics describe the life of a native of Iniscara, an island off the coast of County Cork, who spends his working years in foreign travel and exotic adventure. Upon his return home late in life, finding his homestead in ruins and his friends and loved ones dead or gone, he realizes that he can’t come home again.
Grey learned the reels “The Morning Star” and “Music in the Glen” from Tom Byrne (1920-2001) and Tom McCaffrey (1916-2006).
Grey: Irish flute, harmonium, field organ; Paddy: guitar and bodhránSweet Iniscara/The Morning Star/Scotch Mary/Music in the Glen