Star of the County Down #231
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Star of the County Down and how a great melody found its way into an obscure hymn. Troosers vs trousers and a double meaning in a great mashup of songs.

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0:26 - “Black Velvet Band” from How America Saved Irish Music

3:46 - WELCOME

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-- The Celtfather Story… Rie Sheridan Rose came out to Sherwood Forest Faire this year. Rie and I have collaborated on a lot of songs over the years (check out show #210). It started with the song “Soul of a Harper” which she will tell you about in the next episode. From there, we wrote a Firefly song. Then she wrote over half of my lyrics for Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits. She wrote all of the lyrics for Pirates vs. Dragons. It’s wonderful working with her.

She asked me at Sherwood if I wanted to do any new song collaborations. I thought about it for  a moment. One of Rie’s methods for writing songs for our hobbit album was to take traditional Irish songs and then writing them in that style.

I do that myself quite frequently. I find a great song, and I write something similar. I did it with “The Prettiest Hobbit”. That was based on the Irish song “I’ll Tell My Ma”.

But one song that is brilliant and timeless and there are not many songs like it is “Star of the County Down”. It’s just a delightful song to sing and a joyful story. So I asked Rie to write such a song either hobbit-like or Celtic or whatever. Hopefully, we’ll get something great.

In the meantime, I’m excited to share with you Rod Nevin’s own story about “Star of the County Down”. But first...


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8:27 - Rod Nevin is an avid listener to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. He performs with the Celtic band Fire in the Glen. When I posted my request for Podcast Stories, he sent this surprise with “Star” and an obscure hymn.

Here’s a clip of Rod and his wife Tammy singing the hymn.

13:12 - “Winds of God” clip by Rod and Tammy Nevin

17:18 - “Star of the County Down” by Tallymoore from One Foot Across the Ocean

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Rod also sent this he performs on the Scottish Smallpipes.

20:45 - “Upstate Folks” by Rod Nevin

23:17 - Troosers vs trousers and how I missed a double meaning in a great mashup of songs.

27:43 - “Donald, Where’s Your Troosers/Drunken Sailor” from A Faire To Remember

31:24 -- If you enjoyed this song, you can sing along with the Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. You'll find lyrics and chords for all of the songs I sing in this show so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics.


THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 8) @ 12:00 PM Eastern

JUN 4-6: Con Carolinas ONLINE, Show times, Details TBA

JUN 18-20: Magic City Con, Birmingham, AL

JUN 27: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 3:30-6:30 PM  ET


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33:52 - “Rattlin’ Bog” from St Patrick’s Day Songs for Kids

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