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SONG: Sweet Portaferry

from LL25 by The London Lasses

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While Belfast collector Edward Bunting included this in his Ancient Music of Ireland (1840), he didn’t print the words. Cathal O’Boyle searched for them among Bunting’s papers but to no avail. By a stroke of luck, he mentioned this to his friend Thomas Pollard (All-Ireland mandolin champion in 1968), who recalled that he had the words to a song called ‘Sweet Portaferry’ from an elderly aunt of his.

Brogan McAuliffe (concertina), Elma McElligott (flute), Bróna McVittie (vocal/harp), Pete Quinn (piano), Karen Ryan (fiddle).


from LL25, released February 2, 2023


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The London Lasses London, UK

Featuring all new material, LL25 marks trad Irish band the London Lasses’ 25th anniversary. The band has played on many prestigious stages, from Cambridge Folk Festival, the Concertgebouw and Dublin City Hall to Glastonbury, Philadelphia Irish Festival and the Royal Albert Hall (performing the first ever BBC Proms céilí and supporting The Chieftains). ... more

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