Music

Two Nights in December (2011)
Track listing:
1. Martin Wynn’s #1 and #2 3:34
2. Spancil Hill 3:55
3. Humors of Ballyconnell – Boys of Ballysadare – Fox Hunter’s Reel 4:30
4. Garrett Barry’s – Sport – The Old Favorite 5:09
5. Peggy Gordon – Bonny Scotland 7:15
6. Wallop the Spot – Jimmy Ward’s – Gander in the Pratie Hole 4:57
7. Humors of Kilclogher – The Chordal Jig 5:36
8. Well Below the Valley 3:53
9. Lads Of Cisco – Sean Ryan’s – Willie Coleman’s 5:17
10. Boy in the Boat – Glen Allen – The High Reel 4:14
11. Raggle Taggle Gypsy 3:33
12. I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave – Choice Wife – Old Hag You Have Killed Me – Hag at the Churn 6:34
13. Last Night’s Fun – Cup of Tea – Lady Ann Montgomery 5:16

On two nights in December, 2010, Floating Crowbar set up recording gear in James Hunter’s dining room and recorded this album. The result is a very “live”, energetic collection of tunes and songs. As one fan puts it: “the CD sounds amazing! It’s like sitting right in front of you guys!”

The Torn Jacket (2013)
Track listing:
1. Reels: Maudebawn Chapel / The Galway Rambler / Maude Miller / Molloy’s / The Ivy Leaf 5:35
2. Song, Jigs: Na Ceannabháin Bhána / The Black Rogue / Seanamhach Tube Station 4:47
3. March: Lord Mayo 3:25 9
4. Reels: Teampall an Ghleanntáin / The Holly Bush / The Limestone Rock 3:40
5. Jigs: Tom Billy’s / The Mooncoin / The Donegal Lasses 4:53
6. Song: Óró Sé Do Bheatha Abhaile 3:15
7. Polkas: Ballydesmond Polkas 1 & 2 / Jessica’s Polka 3:40
8. Song, Reels: When a Man’s in Love/ Tuttle’s/Sgt. Early’s Dream / The Tempest 7:48
9. Jigs: Palm Sunday / The Cúil Aodha 4:03
10. Song: Smuggling the Tin 3:03
11. Reels: The Harvest Moon / The Beauty Spot / The Bank of Ireland 5:24
12. Air, Song: Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of His Second Wife / Wild Mountain Thyme 5:38
13. Jig: The Gold Ring 3:42
14. Reels: The Torn Jacket / The Virginia 4:04
15. Song: Raglan Road 3:28
16. Reels: Sporting Paddy / The Crooked Road / The Old Bush 4:00

The second CD from the band, this recording conveys some of the joy, reverence, irreverence, fun, and sense of common purpose we feel when we play together and which was shared by the musicians we met and whose company we enjoyed in Ireland. Sláinte!

Going to the Well (2015)
Track listing:
1. Bantry Lasses / Dunmore Lasses / London Lasses 3:45
2. The Mountaineer / Kitty Lie Over / The Rolling Wave 6:00
3. The Fahy Triangle / Moth to the Flame 4:06
4. The Laidley Worm & the Mackerel of the Sea 3:24
5. Lucy Campbell / Spike Island Lasses 3:07
6. Across the Western Ocean 4:19
7. Emmet’s Hedgehog / Lacey’s Jig / Handley’s Tweed 4:33
8. Flatwater Fran 3:32
9. Blood On the Sails / King of the Pipers 4:44
10. Splendid Isolation / The Yellow Tinker / The Donegal Tinker 6:24
11. Madam I’m a Darlin’ / Sean Sa Cheoidh 3:55
12. Humors of Bandon / Colonel Lesley’s 4:08
13. Stolen Bride 3:26
14. Over the Moor to Maggie / Good Morning to Your Nightcap / Connaught Heifers / Abbey Reel / Lady On the Island 5:22

The well, of course, is Ireland itself, and a refreshing drink it is for the likes of us who thirst for more experiences with its people, places, and musical traditions. Every draft we take provides us with inspiration and a greater understanding of this music, which gives us such great joy. We will continue to go to the well as long as we can, because there is still much to savor and learn. A refreshing drink from this well will quench one’s thirst for a time, but, thankfully, the thirst will always return. Sláinte!