Winsome Ways

by Maurice McGrath

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First solo album Winsome Ways is now available on CD and for download. A home-made collection of songs written in the folk tradition. Recently I've had some of my songs recorded by international folk artists such as Cherish The Ladies (US), Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne (Ireland), and Shantalla (Belguim)... and it's been a treat hear the songs performed in places as far flung as Siberia. This solo CD shows how they sound before they go on their travels. www.mauricemcgrath.com

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released December 7, 2016

Maurice McGrath - Vocals, Guitar, Low Whistle, Mandolin and other instruments.
Michelle Burrowes - Backing Vocals

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Maurice McGrath Dublin, Ireland

www.mauricemcgrath.com

I am a songwriter based in Dublin Ireland. I write songs which are influenced by traditional folk songs and singers. I play guitar, banjo, mandolin, low whistle, and sing. Influences include Nic Jones, Christy Moore, Andy Irvine, Martin Carthy, Niamh Parsons.



I'm also influenced by the singers at the various traditional music and unaccompanied singing sessions.
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Track Name: Winsome Ways
Winsome Ways

For all your winsome ways
Your eyes give you away
I swear by the moon and stars above
This night you'll be my love

Oh they say don't take up with a soldier
For you’ll lose him to the battleground
Oh they say don’t take up with a rover
For you know not where his ship is bound

For all your sport and games
Your eyes give you away
I swear by the Lord of heaven on high
I feel your heart in mine

Chorus

For all your winsome ways
Your eyes give you away
You raise a glass and play the fool
But your heart is wondrous true

Chorus

© Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
Track Name: Strawberry Beds
Strawberry Beds

It was by the bonny banks of the river I strayed
With you my love on an August day
With the leaves o’erhead and the river so green
And the fine young swallows all darting free
It was here I asked you if we would be wed
And you gave your heart by the Strawberry Beds

For year on year we returned to this place
I’d try and remember your startled face
For all that summer I courted you well
We came home happy with news to tell
My parents embraced me and kissed your sweet head
When we told of our pledge by the Strawberry Beds

The seasons have come and the seasons have passed
We loved each other until the last
But now you’re gone and I walk here alone
Where the leaves still hang and the water flows
It was here I asked you if we would be wed
And you gave your heart by the Strawberry Beds

It was by the bonny banks of the river I strayed
With you my love on an August day
With the leaves o’erhead and the river so green
And the fine young swallows all darting free
It was here I asked you if we would be wed
And you gave your heart by the Strawberry Beds
And you gave your heart by the Strawberry Beds

© Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
Track Name: Willie Clancy And The Pipes
Willie Clancy And The Pipes

In Miltown Malbay I was born
And from that place I soon was torn
With no work I made no pay
To Camden town I sailed away
I fell into the building trade
And on the roads I earned my wage
Working hard from break of dawn
Til forty years have come and gone

Gone like the morning dew, all the people I knew
Who laboured on roads all the winter through
Gone like the morning dew, times in The Crown
When Willie Clancy and the pipes echoed all around

When morning came with head in hand
We hopped into that Bedford van
And where we drove we did not care
Along the road to God knows where
Building England’s motorways
For the nights, we lived our days
Monday was the worst of all
But there was hope from tuesday on

Chorus

On Friday night out drinking hard
We cashed our cheques behind the bar
In The Crown in Cricklewood
We drank away the sweat and blood
We sang the songs and heard the reels
The wind that shakes the barley fields
We asked the girls out on the floor
Dancing in the Galtymore

© Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
Track Name: A Band Of Gold
A Band Of Gold

The days are long since we first parted
Your father’s will has made it so
I have no land, I have no cattle
And have no way to win your hand

Away I’ll go, away I’ll wander
And to Kilbride I’ll not return
Oh my true love I have no fortune
And I can’t buy a band of gold

So fare thee well and kiss me softly
One last time is all I ask
And say for me there’ll be no weeping
You’ll see in time it’s for the best

Away I’ll go, away I’ll wander
And to Kilbride I’ll not return
Oh my true love I have no fortune
And I can’t buy a band of gold

Instrumental

Away I’ll go, away I’ll wander
And to Kilbride I’ll not return
Oh my true love I have no fortune
And I can’t buy a band of gold

© Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
Track Name: Shackleton
Shackleton

Sailing out upon the tide
Three loud cheers to say goodbye
As we steered the boat along
Old Tom Crean he sang a song

Through eight hundred miles Of stormy ocean wave
A small whaling boat alone at sail
Eight hundred miles in the devils roar
From Elephant Isle to South Georgia's shore

As we sailed in freezing cold
All eyes on the lighted stove
Making hoosh and every man
Waiting there with spoon in hand

Chorus

Then a wave from high above
Rained that water down on us
Filled the boat with icy brine
And we bailed for our lives

Chorus

We saw some kelp upon the tide
Then we knew that we’d survive
Shackleton's men were we
Fighting with the angry sea

Chorus

© Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
Track Name: Eve Of All Souls
Eve Of All Souls

Poor young Lady Caldwell she wears a silver gown
She died of a poison and lies underground
Barney Wall of Linen Hall a sneak thief he died
Under the shade of the gallows high
Though they may rest in peace and all have disappeared
They rise by the moon one night of the year

They dance all night and rattle their bones
On the eve of all souls,
Through the graveyard Laughing in the dark
They dance all night and rattle their bones
On the eve of all souls,
As the night fades They hop back in their graves

Michael Fleet of Barrow Street a highwayman he
Shot by the mail coach as he was riding free
Brendan late of Newgate whose soul it was black
Found in a sewer with a dagger in his back
Though they may rest in peace and all have disappeared
They rise by the moon one night of the year

Chorus

Molly Reid of Palace Street whose heart it was cruel
Murdered a rival and felt the hangman’s noose
Albert White a miser who lived all alone
They found him in bed with his fifty pound notes
Though they may rest in peace and all have disappeared
They rise by the moon one night of the year

Chorus

© Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
Track Name: Bandon Fair
Bandon Fair

One morning bright as I was rambling on Dunmanway Road
Oh by the cross I saw her stand waiting all alone
The sun shone down among the clouds through her long red hair
I found my love as I went walking to the Bandon fair

Her father came to sell his cattle all at harvest time
And she had wandered far ahead out in the morning light
We laughed and joked side by side all the long way there
I found my love as I went walking to the Bandon fair

I courted her all winter long and soon I’d won her heart
I asked her hand for I could stand no more to be apart
And by my side a summer bride a white rose in her hair
I found my love as I went walking to the Bandon fair

Oh my love she whispers softly, I will always be yours
Come what may, no heart will sway, the course of this true love
And in my eyes my own reply burns for ever there
I found my love as I went walking to the Bandon fair
I found my love as I went walking to the Bandon fair

© Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath
Track Name: Ballad Of Luke Ryan
Ballad Of Luke Ryan

In seventeen hundred and seventy nine,
Benjamin Franklin he granted Luke Ryan
The right to join the war at sea
And prowl the ocean deep

Privateer, privateer Oh Luke Ryan
That bold privateer
Privateer, Privateer Oh Luke Ryan
That bold privateer

So off in the Black Prince then Luke he set sail
Six cannon loaded to fire on his prey
With shining blade and muskatoon
He raised a small typhoon

Chorus

From Dublin to Dover and off to Dundee
The south coast of England the wild Irish Sea
And everywhere the west wind blew
His fame and fortune grew

Chorus

In seventeen hundred and seventy nine,
Benjamin Franklin he granted Luke Ryan
The right to join the war at sea
And prowl the ocean deep

Chorus

© Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath