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Leaving Lurgangreen

by Sarah Markey

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The Star of Sweet Dundalk In beauteous spring when birds do sing And cheer each myrtle shade And shepherds’ swains serenade the plains To find their lambs that strayed Nigh Roden’s grove I chanced to rove To take a rural walk When to my sight, appeared in white The star of sweet Dundalk I stood and gazed, being quite amazed And still did her admire Whose frame complete, would captivate Prince, Lord, Knight, Duke or squire With trembling tone, I made my moan And struggled for to talk Oh maiden fair please ease my care Dear star of sweet Dundalk I said fair maid, pray don’t degrade Your poor heartbroken swain Be not severe, but lend an ear And ease my love-sick pain Your answer sure, will kill or cure Fair maid, from me don’t walk But grant relief to my sick grief Right star of sweet Dundalk Kind sir if I would now comply And give to you my hand Perhaps that you would prove untrue Be pleased to understand My father he would banish me And forlorn I might walk Through Erin’s plain, like one insane Far from my sweet Dundalk Enchanting dame whilst life remain Should you but condescend For to be mine I would be thine Until the very end And you my dear would be my care No matter who might talk I’d bend to none, but you alone Bright star of Sweet Dundalk Kind sir I vow, I’ll milk my cow Your love I shant prevent So come with me I think you’ll see My father will consent So hand in hand they made their plans And carelessly did walk And slowly paced, to her sweet place The town of sweet Dundalk Her father he then welcomed me And acted very mild And he did grant, what I did want Which was his only child Without demand gave me his land And house as white as chalk In unity we live all three In the town of Sweet Dundalk
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The Spark Among the Heather When they brought us all together Told us that we had to go Leave our homes that we were born in Leave the only life we know. We were poor but honest crofters Working hard so we might stay On the land our fathers gave us Ne'er thought we'd be forced away. We replied, "We'll never leave here, Never set sail o'er the sea; Let the police come and the soldiers, To leave home we won't agree." Others have been put on board ships Sailed away out o'er the deep; Then the landlords burned their houses To make way for flocks of sheep. Then along came John McPherson, Humble crofter from Glendale; He held a meeting, he formed a land league, For his efforts thrown in jail. But the spark amang the heather Soon became a burning flame; And the highlanders they united Vowed they'd never leave home again. But the glens still show the scars Of those evictions from long before; And the shells of empty houses Echo laughter sounds no more. Well they were poor, but honest crofters Workin’ hard so they might stay On the land, their father’s gave them Never thought they’d be forced away Well they were poor, but honest crofters Workin’ hard so they might stay On the land, their father’s gave them Never thought they’d be forced away


Debut album for Sarah Markey (flute player, singer and harpist).

I'm delighted to share with you my very first solo album that I've had the pleasure of recording alongside an amazing group of friends and musicians. I'd like to dedicate this CD in memory of my granny Sarah Grant who was from Lurgangreen, co. Louth, Ireland.

I hope you'll enjoy this collection of music frojm Ireland, Scotland and Asturias as well as some self-penned tunes and songs. Thank you so much for supporting my musical journey so far! Sarah x


released May 6, 2022

Sarah Markey - Flutes/vocals/harp
Marty Barry - Guitar/bouzouki/banjo
Charlie Stewart - Double bass/fiddle/strings
Jack McRobbie - Guitar
Hayley Keenan - Piano
Eamonn Nugent - Bodhrán
Calum Stewart - Uilleann pipes/harmonium
Conor Markey - Bouzouki/banjo
Rubén Bada - Bouzouki/guitar/mandola/harmonium

All tracks recorded and mixed by Angus Lyon at Gran's House Studio

All tracks mastered by Ross Saunders at GloWorm Recording

Bodhrán recorded by Liam King at Black Gate Studio, Galway

Album photography by Erin MacKenzie
Album design by Catherine Tinney

All tracks registered with PRS/MCPS


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Sarah Markey Glasgow, UK

Traditional flute player, singer and harpist based in Glasgow.

2019 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist.

Debut album "Leaving Lurgangreen" available to pre-order now!
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