(A series of posts leading up to/including The Nocturnes Photo Tour in the West of Ireland, July 15-25, 2013)
Back in the glory days of video production on "Irish-American Televison" in San Francisco, Elizabeth Platt (of "The Irish Hour" on KUSF) once said "This song has been known to bring battle-hardened ex-Marines to tears!" Why the song, you ask? Well, it IS The Nocturnes, afterall - and 'cos, as I'm reminded: the past is never far away in Ireland, and the music is even closer . . .
Words and Music by Peter Jones, based on the true story of 10 letters written to Jones' great, great grandfather who left Kilkelly around the time of the potato famine. And yes, the real-lfe Kilkelly is in Mayo.
Recorded at Matt Molloy's (of Chieftains fame) pub, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Pat and Becky Egan: vocals, guitar; Olcan Masterson: flute and whistle; Tom Doherty: accordion; Johnny Curtis: mandolin. (Olcan is our local Guide and driver for this trip)
From The [not so] Daily Nocturne