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Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

from Between the Distance by VOXIE

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    In their debut album, VOXIE blends the bell tones of the Celtic harp with the warmth of the human voice into a collection of authentic and enchanting songs from Ireland and Scotland. Singer Lara Brooksbank and harper Abigail Kent are dedicated to the Irish and Scottish music traditions. A national harp champion on the Scottish harp, Abigail includes a few tracks of instrumental sets.

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In search of economic opportunity in America, many Irish traversed the Atlantic at great personal hardship. This song tells a young man's tale with details including how many days on board ship to cross, amount of water stowed, and his hopes and aspirations. Yes, you hear bagpipes!


Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore:

From Derry Quai we sailed away
On the 23rd of May
We were taken on board by a pleasant crew
Bound for Americay
Fresh water there we did take on
Five thousand gallons or more
In case we'd run short going to New York
Far away from the Shamrock shore

We sailed three weeks, we were all seasick
Not a man on board was free
We were all confined to our bunks
With no one to pity poor me
No mother dear, no father kind
To comfort my head went to sore
This made me think more on the lassie I left
On Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

Well we safely sailed to the other side
In three and twenty days
We were taken as passengers by a man
And let round in six different ways
We each other’s had a parting glass
In case we might never meet more
And we drank our health to ole Ireland
And Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore.

So fare thee well, sweet Liza, dear
And likewise to Derry town
And twice farewell to me comrades boys
Who dwell on that sainted ground
If fortune ere should favor me
Or I to have money in store
I'll come back and I'll wed the fair lassie I met
On Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore.


from Between the Distance, released November 15, 2020
voice: Lara Brooksbank
Celtic harp and bodhrán: Abigail Kent
fireside bagpipes: Ian Kent


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