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The Woe of It

Norah passed shortly after Dermod found her. This final tune reflects on her story: featuring abstracts from MacGill’s poem of the same title, it acts as a tribute to Norah Ryan.


Sweet was the mavis’ song of eld,
And how the woodlands thrilled with it!
Sweeter the song of the girl I held
Close to the heard that filled with it

Methinks the rose leant from the wall
To kiss the lily brow of hers;
And through the years I can recall
The softly whispered vow of hers.

We saw the evening fade afar,
And parting, never met again;
And ere we meet, how many a star
Shall rise again and set again.

The mavis’ song but brings regret,
The fading rose must know of it:
For she is gone – I can’t forget,
And – ah! The bitter woe of it!


from The Road Across the Hills, released February 22, 2019
Music composed by Gráinne Brady with 'The Woe of It' by Patrick MacGill

Gráinne Brady – fiddle
Andrew Waite – piano accordion
Innes White – guitar

Jack Houston – spoken word


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Gráinne Brady Glasgow, UK

Gráinne Brady is a Glasgow based fiddle player and composer, originally from Co. Cavan, Ireland.

"Irish/Scottish and contemporary influences infuse Brady’s vibrant rhythms and rich lyrical patterns, illuminating peaks and troughs of the emigrant experience and the extremities of poverty. Arrangements evoke both adversity and lively inner strength." Bryony Hegarty, RnR Magazine 5*****
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