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Derek Bell's Musical Ireland


Download links and information about Derek Bell's Musical Ireland by Derek Bell. This album was released in 1983 and it belongs to World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Instrumental, Celtic genres. It contains 13 tracks with total duration of 41:40 minutes.

Artist: Derek Bell
Release date: 1983
Genre: World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Instrumental, Celtic
Tracks: 13
Duration: 41:40
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No. Title Length
1. She Moved Through The Fair 3:09
2. The Boys Of Bluehill, Hillsbrough Castle & The Greencastle Horpipe 3:06
3. Carrickfergus Or Do Bh Bean Uasal (There Was A Lady) 2:24
4. An Caintin Ban (The Little White Cat) 2:25
5. The Gartan Mother's Lullaby 3:22
6. Im Aonar Seal (Alone And Lonely) 3:23
7. Sliabh Geal gCua (Bright Sliabh gCua) 2:47
8. Down By The Salley Gardens 2:49
9. Eibhlin A Ruin (Eileen My Secret Love) 4:12
10. The Piper Through The Meadow Straying 3:26
11. Marbhna Luimn (Limerick's Lamentation) 3:48
12. Ag Criost An Siol (Christ The Seed) 4:22
13. Is Trua Gan Peata Mhaoir Agam (I Wish The Shepherd's Pet Were Mine) 2:27



These 13 tracks represent personal and cultural touchstones for Derek Bell. Some songs ("She Moved Through the Fair," "The Boys of Bluehill," "Hillsborough Castle," and "The Greencastle Hornpipe") present Bell as a solo harpist (and occasionally on oboe, English horn, or gong), some include backing by the New Irish Chamber Orchestra, and others feature Chieftains alumni Sean Potts on tin whistle and Peadar Mercier playing bodhran and bones. All the songs are in their most basic forms, with few of the embellishments that one would get from, say, a Chieftains record, and the entire record has a beguiling gentle lyricism that is quite poignant ("Down by the Sally Gardens" and "Eibhlín a Rúin," in particular). "The Gartan Mother's Lullaby" alone is worth the price of the disc, and anyone seeking an instrumental version of "She Moved Through the Fair" — which has been done by the likes of Davey Graham, Jimmy Page (ripping off Graham's arrangement note for note under the title "White Summer"), and Marianne Faithfull — couldn't do better than Bell's exquisitely lilting harp version.