Songtrail 2019

Stories of traditional song, songwriters, keepers and collectors.

Songtrail celebrates the diverse culture of traditional music making in Drogheda through a walking trail experience for local and visiting audiences. An aural blending of documentary, musical recordings, biographical material, and anecdote created in the community using local knowledge, archives, musicians and singers. An alternative walking tour of Drogheda to give perspective and context to some of the town’s rich traditional music history.

How does it all work? Go to and download the album. One time download will cost €5. For a complete map of the route to augment the Bandcamp version click here

Designed and Compiled by Declan Mallon
Scripted and Narrated by Ruth Campbell
Research by Declan Mallon, Brendan Matthews and Caoimhín O Branigáin
Sound Editing by Brian Hegarty and Garret Brady
Tour Assistant: Cathal Thornton

Songs, conversation and contributions by
Jim MacArdle, John Craig, Gerry Cullen, Aideen Morrissey,
SJ McArdle and Kern, Stuart Carolan, Pat Carolan, Pat Connor,
Noel ‘Zap’ Cummins, Wally Murphy, Sean Faulkner, Liz King,
Gene Carolan and the Carolan Brothers

Excerpts from ‘The Singing Weaver’ used by kind permission of Sean Corcoran

Music from Songtrail

The Factory Maid
Written by John Shiel. From the CD ‘The Blue Cuckoo’ by Gerry Cullen

The Hard Wind
From the CD ‘False Deceiver’ by Kern. Written by SJ McArdle
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Crispy Boyne Duck
From the CD ‘Songs in Sean Nos’ by Noel Cummins

In Collon I was Taken
Collected by Sean Corcoran from the singing of Pat Cassidy. Performed by Gerry Cullen for Songtrail

Captain Kelly’s / The Drogheda Lasses
From the CD The Crooked Finger by Johnny Gray

Pitcher Hill
written by Wally Murphy. From the album  Pitcher Hill.Performed by Pitcher Hill (Wally Murphy, Jim MacArdle, Johnny Gray).Published by LouthLouthMusic
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The Good Old Way
From the album ‘For Pence and Spicy Ale’ by The Watersons, Topic Records 1975
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Sweet Duleek Gate
From the CD ‘The Blue Cuckoo’ by Gerry Cullen

St. Mary’s Mill
Written and performed by Bridget (Bunny) Cummiskey

Much Blindin’ Down the Marsh
Written by Bill Murphy. From the album  Much Blindin’ Down the Marsh, performed by Jim MacArdle, Donal Black, Eilis Quinn and Wally Murphy. Published by LouthLouthMusic
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The Wedding at Baltray
From the LP ‘Songs from the Irish Tradition’ by Mary Ann Carolan, Topic Records, 1982
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Bonnie Light Horseman
Performed by Leahy, Cullen, McPhail (

Bean Ui Cairbre
Lyrics by Deirdre Cunningham – music Traditional Arrangement by Deirdre Cunningham
Other music to buy and to download
Cry from the Heart
City of Tribes

The Ham and Egg Brigade
Trad. Arranged and adapted by Jim MacArdle.  Performed by Jim MacArdle .Published by LouthLouthMusic.
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The Rights of Man
Written by John Shiel performed by Pat Carolan for Songtrail. Recorded by Stuart Carolan.

Slán le Máigh
The words are by the poet Aindrias Mac Craith (An Mangaire Sugach – The Merry Pedlar) c.1709 – c.1794. Performed by Aideen Morrissey for Songtrail

From the Album ‘Frost and Fire: A calendar of Ritual and Magical Songs’ by the Watersons, Topic Records 1965. Reissued on CD in 1990
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Moving On
Written and performed by the Carolan Brothers
Equinox EP available at
See also

My Father’s a Hedger and Ditcher
From the LP ‘Songs from the Irish Tradition’ by Mary Ann Carolan, Topic Records, 1982
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‘The Singing Weaver’
A radio documentary based on the life and times of John Shiel written and produced by Sean Corcoran. Free to download at