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Down the Green Fields

by Bua

The third release from the Irish Traditional band Bua and it’s the first with the group’s newest member Devin Shepherd. An early review calls it “a testament, from beginning to end, of the lasting essentials of the Irish tradition."
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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1. Eddie Moloney's / Micho Ressell's (Mason's Apron)
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2. John Joe Hartnett's / Spellan the Fiddler
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3. My Parents Reared Me Tenderly
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4. The Killashandra Lasses / Down the Green Fields
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5. Baba Con Raoi / Bó na Leath-Adhairce
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6. The Happy Days of Youth / Lucky in Love
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7. Líontar Dúinn an Crúiscín
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8. I Wish I Never Saw You / One of Johnny's Own
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9. The Humors of Drinagh / Farewell, Sweet Nora / James Murray's
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10. Soldier, Soldier
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11. The Hag with the Money / East at Glendart
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12. An Baitsiléir
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13. The Braes of Maas / Johnny Doherty's
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14. Hughie Travers' Jig / Cooley's Jig
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15. Bádóirín Thír an Fhia
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16. Seán Reid's / The Milliner's Daughter
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
”Down the Green Fields” is the third release from the Irish Traditional band Bua and it’s the first with the group’s newest member Devin Shepherd. Critics have noted the band’s “unabashedly retro” approach to their music and, with “Down the Green Fields,” Bua continues to find inspiration in Irish music’s rich past for repertoire and style. The album is also a celebration of the music of friends and mentors in the US and Ireland.

St. Louis native Brían Ó hAirt sings six songs on the album. “I learned half of the songs from friends in Ireland and the other half from singers I heard while in Ireland or the States” says Ó hAirt. His sources include his recent tour partner Len Graham (of County Antrim) and long-time mentor and inspiration Áine Meenaghan (of Connemara and resident of Chicago) along with Oireachtas winner Gearoidín Bhreathnach of County Donegal. The songs span a wide variety of dialects, singing styles and song forms in both the Irish and English language.

Chicagoan Devin Shepherd is new to the band but a has long been a musical partner and friend to flute player and piper Sean Gavin. The two got to know each other from a young age at Midwest Fleadh Cheoil music competitions (both were frequent winners with Devin taking first prize in fiddle for nine consecutive years). “I love playing with Devin and I feel like he and I have kind of grown and matured alongside each other,” says Gavin, referring to their duets as a “conversation.” The instrumental tracks on the album focus on this deeply rooted duo, underpinned by the accompaniment of Brian Miller on guitar and Greek bouzouki, and on one track, by Ó hAirt's dancing in the sean-nós style.

Foras na Gaeilge—Ireland’s own governing body for the Irish language--awarded Bua a grant to fund the substantial bilingual booklet that accompanies the CD. Focusing on the six song tracks featured on the album, the booklet contains biographies of source singers, archival photos, song background and translations rendered by Dr. Deirdre Ní Chonghaile of the National University of Ireland in Galway.


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Gingerale

A sure bet.
I purchased Bua's 2011 CD, Down the Green Fields, for family members who had never heard of Bua before. My family members thanked me many times for this choice. This CD is really good.
Bua's authenticity is impressive. The Irish government supported Bua's research into the background of the tunes and songs on this CD. As the CDBaby review mentions, the liner notes are extensive -- read them the 7th or 8th time you play the CD, and they'll add another dimension to your experience of the work.
Bua also play together exceptionally well. Their lead singer's voice is exquisite and there's never a feeling that the backing instruments are "just" backing. Each performer is accomplished in his own right. There's a lot here.
Down the Green Fields is a sure bet.