Newry Mountain (Trad Arr)

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A lesser-heard folk song from County Antrim also known as Grá geal mo Chroí. Joe Holmes recorded a County Antrim version of the song on his album 'After Dawning' (Topic 1978). Collected by Sam Henry in 'Songs of the People'

This version was previously released as a double A-side single with Under the Pines on 14th July 2017

lyrics

At the foot of Newry mountain clear water does flow
There lives a wee lassie far whiter than snow
She’s slender in the waist for all young men to see
And her name in plain Irish is Gra Geal Mo Chroi

Twas on a summer’s morning as I walked along
Down by yon green valley I heard a fine song
It was a fair damsel and her voice rang so clear
Saying how blest would I be if my darlin was here

I then drew near to a shade that was green
Where the leaves grew about her she scarce could be seen
It was her whole cry ‘Oh my darlin come away
For without your loving company I cannot stay’

The moon it may darken and show us no light
And the bright stars of heaven fall down from their height
The rocks may all melt and the mountains remove
The hour I prove false to the fair one I love

The ships on the ocean may go without sails
And the smallest of fishes turn into great whales
In the middle of the ocean there will grow an apple tree
If I ever prove false to my Gra Geal Mo Chroi

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from We Are the Wildlife, released January 12, 2018
Arranged, performed, recorded and produced by Brona McVittie at Corkbot Castle, UK. Myles Cochran (drums), Richard Curran (viola, cello). Co-produced and mastered by Myles Cochran at Mineur Studios, France

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The critics have been forming an orderly queue to heap praise on Brona McVittie’s shoulders since the release of her debut album. The Guardian decided that this outwardly delicate record “has a bite behind it, showing you the stuff under the skin”. If Virginia Astley, Joanna Newsom and The Unthanks appeal to your ears and heart, then County Down native Brona is your new favourite artist ... more

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