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1. Scots Wha Hae
2. Wild Rover
3. Whisky in the Jar
4. Loch Lomond
5. I'll Tell Me Ma
6. Spancil Hill
7. Piper o' Dundee
8. Irish Rover
9. Wild Mountain Thyme
10. Rising o' the Moon
11. I Will Go
12. Black Velvet Band
13. Fields of Athenry
14. Molly Malone

Rising o' the Moon




Quite an epic Irish ballad. It was written mid-1800s  about the 1798 rebellion, which was unsuccessful. It did however help inspire future generations to succeed. I like the song for the atmosphere it creates “get ready! It’s happening!, “assemble your weapons”, “meet up and wait for the signal!” then the anticipation of the men waiting inside the mud-walled cabins with their hearts beating fast anxious for the signal to attack.  I can just imagine being there.


The song runs along at a nice pace, I keep it quite empty with just guitar and vocals for the verses, bringing in bodhran bass and banjo for the choruses, add a whistle solo then finally all in. The bodhran rhythm I used was intended to give a military marching feel signifying the impending battle.


Instruments: 12-string guitar, banjo, bass, D whistle, 14” bodhran and vocals.



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