The Flower of Magherally (Trad Arr)

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A lesser-heard folk song from County Down included by Jackie Boyce in his book 'Songs from the County Down' after Cathal McConnell's version. Magherally is a small townland near Banbridge

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One pleasant summer’s morning when all the flowers were springing O
Nature was adorning and the birds were sweetly singing O
I met my love near Banbridge town, my charming blue eyed Sally O
She’s the Queen of the County Down, she’s the Flower of Magherally O

With admiration I did gaze upon this blue-eyed maiden O
Adam wasn’t half so pleased when he met Eve in Eden O
Her skin was like the lily white that grows in yonder valley O
She’s my queen and my heart’s delight, the Flower of Magherally O

Like Venus bright she did appear, my charming blue-eyed Sally O
She’s the girl that I love dear, the Flower of Magherally O

I hope the day will surely come, when we’ll join hands together O
And I’ll bring home the one I love, in spite of wind and weather O
And let them all say what they will, let them reel and rally O
I will wed the girl I love, the Flower of Magherally O

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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), Anne Garner (flute). Co-produced and mastered by Myles Cochran at Mineur Studios, France

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Brona McVittie Northern Ireland, UK

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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