mick Malone sings a great version on his cd of irish songs in America. he does immigration songs then new life in America songs, civil war songs and finally settled songs. a great cd
there was no famine, it was genocide. an English historian I read recently said"" the fact remains that millions of citizens of the richest nation on earth, who lived w few hundred miles from the centre of wealth and power were allowed to starve or be forced to emigrate". even english historians have trouble ignoring the facts.
and true to form they don't count the million(or more) who died in the trip and here in quarantine stations. in Canada , on grosse isle, there is a national park, where there was a quarantine station. there are quarter of a million buried there whose experience of Canada was only that hell hole. in the mirimichi river mouth an old quarantine island has thirty five thousand buried. there were many many more.
I have not often sung this song but I am playing a lot of harp these days, maybe I should put it to my ancient gaelic wire strung harp replica. should be show stopper for audiences who are ready for hard truths