• Gerry Maguire about to sing The Star of the County Down at the Dublin Fleadh

    The Star of the County Down

    Gerry Brady certainly put a smile on our faces with this brilliant rendition of the classic Irish folk song, The Star of the County Down, as he accompanied himself on the bones.

    If you want to sing along with him, here are the lyrics for the first two verses:

    The Star of the County Down

    Near Banbridge town in the County Down
    One morning last July
    Down a boreen green, came a sweet colleen
    And she smiled as she passed me by
    She looked so neat from her two bare feet
    To the sheen of her nut brown hair
    Sure the coaxing elf, I’d to shake myself
    To make sure I was standing there

    Chorus
    From Bantry Bay up to Derry quay
    And from Galway to Dublin town
    No maid I’ve seen like the brown colleen
    That I met in the County Down


    As she onward sped, sure I shook me head
    And I gazed with a feeling rare
    And I said, says I, to a passer-by
    Who’s the maid with the nut brown hair ?
    He smiled at me and with pride says he
    That’s the gem of old Ireland’s crown
    She’s Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann
    She’s the star of the County Down

    Chorus
    From Bantry Bay up to Derry quay
    And from Galway to Dublin town
    No maid I’ve seen like the brown colleen
    That I met in the County Down

    The lyrics were penned by Cathal McGarvey (1866–1927) from Ramelton, County Donegal. It has been recorded countless times by Irish traditional and folk artists over the years. The Pogues recorded a version in 1989 and intriguingly a Hebrew version also exists by folk singer, Ehud Banai, called “The Star of the district Gush Dan”. The rest of the lyrics can be found here.

    Maith an fear, Gerry! You can browse our Percussion Section HERE

    Posted by McNeela

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