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Fire Draw Near (An Anthology of Irish Traditional Song and Music)
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River Lea Recordings
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October 8, 2021

River Lea (a division of Rough Trade) releases Fire Draw Near - an album of Irish traditional songs and music from the archives, compiled by Ian Lynch of Dublin band Lankum.

“This LP is a collection of 13 rare, strange and wonderful gems from the Irish tradition. Recorded in various parts of the country over a period of over 60 years between 1947 and 2013. They show us a strong, multi-faceted and vibrant musical tradition in the country; one that still exists in the present day. The settings are varied – bars, living rooms, campsites, recording studios – as are the backgrounds of those who perform. The music of the Travellers, who tended to the flame of tradition while the rest of society began to lose interest is well-represented, as are styles ranging from sean-nós singing in Connemara, Donegal fiddle-playing, uilleann piping from Dublin and English language singing of ballads both bawdy and beautiful from across Ireland.”

  • Ian Lynch

Fire Draw Near - An Anthology of Traditional Irish Song and Music is the fifth album to be released by River Lea, following records by Lisa O’Neill, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Ye Vagabonds and John Francis Flynn. Fire Draw Near is also a monthly podcast and radio show, hosted by Ian Lynch which investigates Irish traditional music in all its myriad forms.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Woman of the House 1:21 Buy

    Woman of the House

  2. 2 When I Was in Horseback 2:16 Buy

    When I Was in Horseback

  3. 3 Paddy's Panacea 4:05 Buy

    Paddy's Panacea

  4. 4 The Kilfrush / The Trip to Durrow 2:31 Buy

    The Kilfrush / The Trip to Durrow

  5. 5 The Finding of Moses 3:23 Buy

    The Finding of Moses

  6. 6 The Codfish 1:51 Buy

    The Codfish

  7. 7 Amhrán na hEascainne 5:37 Buy

    Amhrán na hEascainne

  8. 8 The Jolly Tinker 1:15 Buy

    The Jolly Tinker

  9. 9 Flora 4:19 Buy


  10. 10 Colonel Fraser, My Love Is in America, Rakish Paddy 5:13 Buy

    Colonel Fraser, My Love Is in America, Rakish Paddy

  11. 11 Ulysses 4:39 Buy


  12. 12 The Dark-Eyed Gypsy 5:10 Buy

    The Dark-Eyed Gypsy

  13. 13 The Cat That Kittled in Jamie's Wig 1:20 Buy

    The Cat That Kittled in Jamie's Wig

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