• 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

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