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The Irish Roses Featuring Shannachie

by The Irish Roses

Traditional Irish and Scottish favorites played with an "in your living room" friendliness
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. The Irish Rover
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2:29 album only
2. Come Back Paddy Reilly
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2:45 album only
3. Courtin' In The Kitchen
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4:01 album only
4. Danny Boy
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2:55 album only
5. The Hills of Connemara
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1:38 album only
6. The Day That I Left Castlebar
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3:01 album only
7. An Irish/American Medley
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3:56 album only
8. The Galway Shawl
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5:16 album only
9. James James Morrison Morrison
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2:08 album only
10. The Last Rose of Summer
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2:18 album only
11. Mary Mack
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3:15 album only
12. Homeward Bound
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13. A Mother's Love Is A Blessing
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14. Mick McGuire
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15. She Moved Through The Fair
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16. Slievenamon
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17. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
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18. Where The Three Counties Meet
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19. And The Band Played Red River Valley
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Album Notes
My first memory of Irish songs was sitting on my father's lap, listening to him sing without accompaniment. Maybe I thought he needed accompanying, so I started to hum along. Over the years, I learned the words, and tried to imitate my mother's singing. My father played the violin while she sang.

I am the oldest of the Irish Roses. I am joined by my daughter Rachel, and her friend Emily Holland. The Roses grew out of another group named Shannachie, which was comprised of Pat Heffernan and Patrick Keane. The two Pats were looking for singers to feature in gigs in nursing homes and at other events around Nashua, NH. I told Pat that the girls didn't know many Irish songs, but that I did! We practiced in his basement once a week, and off we went on our first assignment. It was wonderful training for the girls. As they grew older, they began to make up their own harmonies and arrangements. Sometimes, Rachel would play her flute or recorder, and Emily often took a stint at the piano.

Just before they left for college, we recorded our first CD. This was done as a memento for all the years of fun and song. They are now thinking of graduate school, so here is our second CD, with the help of Shannachie and Frank ("Doc") Rudolph on fiddle.

Cathy Blackwood
Nashua, New Hampshire
March, 2004


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Nancy Caton

Great CD - My kids love it! I put it on in the car and they sing along
I love the CD = My kids love it also - They request that I play it for them when going on long rides and they sing along with the CD... Good Luck to the Irish Roses and one of these days - I hope you make another CD for the Children - so they can learn to love the IRISH SONGS

Al Scott, WKNH, Keene, NH

Got the CD today...GREAT!
Got the CD today (7/17/04), and thoroughly enjoyed it. Fine harmonies and playing, good selections, wonderful performance overall. I've been recommending it to my fellow DJs at should be getting much airplay in the coming months...looking forward to the next release. GREAT!

Gemma Drury

The Irish Roses and Shannachie pay a real tribute to Irish tradition, the cd is
It's admirable the way Americans are so patriotic about their country, and of their past heritage. So I think The Irish Roses and Shannachie have done a great job keeping Irish tradition alive (while managing to throw in some Scottish tunes for good measure!), and I wish us Brits would do the same for our country!

I tried to think of my favourite songs, but I think that would be most of the cd!