Singer / Songwriter
Peter Pan and Me
1 . Supermarket Wine . A song of the days when
I was young, when the sun always seemed to shine, when life and
love was wonderful and the world was at our feet.
3 . Enid Blyton. This is a song about what happened to Enid Blyton's Famous Five when they grew up. As a child I think that I read everything about them that ever passed through the library in Enniskillen.
4 . Lament for Judy Garland. This was inspired by the musical motif in "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Unkind persons have described it as the ambulance song.
5 . The Clown. The death of a clown is perhaps in many ways a musical cliche. Anyway, this is my take on the theme written from a Fermanagh point of view.
6 . The Tinkerman's Daughter. Inspired by the poem by Kerry writer, Sigerson Clifford, this came about as a result of a bet. Myself and my wife, Maura, were driving between Listowel and Castleisland and found ourselves in Lyreacrompane. She bet me that I would not be able to put the placename in a song. This was the result.
7 . Peter Pan and Me. The second part of a trilogy of songs about growing up in the North of Ireland. I hope it speaks for itself.
8 . McKeown and I. Co-written with brother Cormac, this song features the wonderful voice of my friend Tom Reid who now lives in London. I have been a lifetime admirer of Tom's singing and this song was a perfect excuse to air it to a wider audience.
9 . The Politician Song. When working as a journalist in Dublin I was forced to endure many painful hours reporting in the national parliament. In those days I had a very good Pitman's shorthand note and I began to notice how many cliches kept coming up again and again. I gathered them together and wrote this song.
10 . Only Our Rivers . Written when I was in my mid teens, this song was originally recorded by Christy Moore in 1971. It has travelled well and has endured beyond all my wildest expectations. It is now almost regarded as an anthem for the dispossed . I'm very proud of it.
11 . The Leaving. Again, co-written with Cormac, this song reflects on the days before the Celtic Tiger when youngsters were leaving the country in droves facing uncertain futures. The Leaving Cert examination seemed a good hook on which to hang the lyrics.
Spring Records Cat. No. SPCD 1026
"For twenty years I have been singing and collecting
folk songs and during that time one song became a standard in
my repetoire. I was convinced that a rare talent lay behind it.
The song is "Only Our Rivers Run Free", a song so powerful,so
uncompromising-yet so beautiful. For a long time I had a desire
to discover it's source. There must be more I thought. The search
proved fruitless.Rumour followed rumour."He's dead these
years", some said...."joined some strange religious
sect",others said...."sure that's a traditional song",
still others said....Who the hell and where the hell was Mickey
Tom Reid , London . 1992