Galway to Ganges
"I left Galway in 1967 and soon after realized that the Irish heritage of music and song would be precious to me forever. On this CD I have tried to emphasize the singing of songs. The CD features songs of my youth - Irish songs - Gaelic and English; also some Country and Western songs. There are some songs from my 'new' home on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada.
"I inherited a love of performing from my father Claude . As a shy youth of 12 years, I sang in public for the first time on condition that 'everyone had their eyes closed!' During my drinking years I often grabbed an opportunity to burst into song. My folk music hero was Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners.
"In 1990, I bought a small farm on Salt Spring and resigned from my job as Professor of Mathematics and Business Computing at Ryerson University in Toronto.
"In 1993, at the age of 50, I joined my first group, Spanner in the Works, based in Ganges, Salt Spring Island. Derek Duffy, Myranda O'Byrne, Terry Warbey and I had a lot of fun performing Celtic music.
"In 1994 Denise McCann, Jo Lundstrom and I formed Black Velvet Band and travelled far and wide singing and playing."
1. Galway to Ganges (4:36)
*2. Forty Shades of Green (2:24)
3. Leaving Nancy (3:14)
4. Rose of Tralee (2:08)
5. Slievenamon (2:15)
6. Curtains of Night (2:32)
7. Cill Cais (0:51)
8. Inishfree (2:33)
9. Cliffs of Doneen (3:05)
10. Tennessee Waltz (3:03)
11. Spancil Hill (2:57)
12. Coat of Blue (2:51)
13. The Burgoyne Mermaid (3:31)