For whom the willow weeps
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"The River": a song about morals.
"Dilemma": where did those ideals go? (and those people)
"Free and easy": money can't buy everything, or anybody
"Blow out the candle": started as "carry on song writing" and ended in tragedy. Goes back to The Duke at Woodford, Northants where I first started playing acoustic music
"Morwenstow": probably one of the most researched of my songs until I found out it was all myth, still a good story though
"Cherry tree": traditional and the first song I wrote on the accordion. Death and morals plus a bit of anti religion and republicanism thrown in
"The wager" a true love song. 2 boys, 1 girl -no death but loads of trauma
"Wild Flowers": A commission from one of my Irish friends about a battle in Eire in 1921 in which a flying column of IRA were murdered in Clonmult, a true story which can be read about via a link on this website (via the "singles" page)
"The old mandolin": In remembrance of a mandolin I bought for £15 from an auction and it sounded like it. Still managed to write this on it though, but for this recording a more tuneful Ashbury instrument was used.
"Butterfly": the first folk song I wrote and probably one of the most requested at gigs. A girls eye view of love through the seasons
"Abigail's Waltz": written for Abigail Washburn, banjo player extraordinaire. She turned me on to "old time" and I went home and penned this. Helped on this track by my co-Creosote Brother, Alan Jenkins
"Daisy of mine": sad, and had to have this title because just about everyone has a song called Daisy these days. Also introduces the thumb piano!
"The Dublin Breeze": first written on keyboards as an experiment to find sounds, now converted to this arrangement for whistle, guitar and fiddle.
"Waltzing with the moon": had a title , needed a song, and this came out. Another popular number at gigs. A sad story of war and loss
contains 15 tracks.
11 songs and 4 tunes.
The instrumentalists are:
Brian Jeffels Guitars, cittern, mandolin, vocals, thumb piano, bass guitar, accordion
Lin Griffin Accordion, vocals
Maggie Lonnergan Fiddle on tracks: 5,7,14.
Scott Blundell Fiddle on tracks: 1, 2, 9, 13.
Vince Gorman Bodrhan on track: 15
Carol Schaessens Whistle on track: 2
Alan Jenkins Guitar on track: 10