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SONG: The Blackbird of Mullaghmore

from LL25 by The London Lasses

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Bróna found this song in praise of poteen-making in Songs of County Down (1979), edited by Cathal O’Boyle. The song was a handy way of spreading the glad tidings of the still’s reopening after an enforced closure. In his book Songs of the County Down (2004), the singer, musician and collector Jackie Boyce notes: “There are many songs in the traditional form that use an allegorical technique, in this song the blackbird represents a poteen still, which was sought after by the law. When the authorities became close to finding the still and shutting it down, it was moved until all grew quiet again.” Mullaghmore (meaning “the great summit”) is a townland just outside of Hilltown in Co. Down.

Bróna McVittie (vocal/harp), Karen Ryan (mandola).


from LL25, released February 2, 2023


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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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