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Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin (Felix Kearney)

Big Tim 30 Apr 08 - 02:23 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HILLS ABOVE DRUMQUIN (Felix Kearney)
From: Big Tim
Date: 30 Apr 08 - 02:23 PM

THE HILLS ABOVE DRUMQUIN

God bless the Hills of Donegal,
I've heard your praises sung,
In days long gone beyond recall,
When I was very young,
Then I would pray to see a day,
Before life's course is run,
When I could sing the praises,
Of the hills above Drumquin.

I love the hills of Dooish,
Be they heather-clad or lea,
The wooded Glens of Cooel,
And the Fort at Dun na ree,
The green clad slopes of Kirlish,
When they meet the setting sun,
Descending in its glory,
On the hills above Drumquin.

Drumquin – you're not a city,
But you're all the world to me,
Your lot I'll never pity,
Should you never greater be,
For I love you as I knew you,
When from school I used to run,
On my homeward journey through you,
And the hills above Drumquin.

When the whins across Drumbarley,
Make the hills a yellow blaze,
When the heather turns to purple,
On my native Dressog braes,
When the sandstone rocks of Claramore,
Are glistening in the sun,
Then nature's at her grandest,
On the hills above Drumquin.

I've seen the Scottish Highlands,
They have beauty wild and grand,
I have journeyed in the Lowlands,
'Tis a cold and cheerless land,
But I always toiled content,
For when each hard day's work was done,
My heart went back at sunset,
To the hills above Drumquin.

The world is sad and dreary,
And the tasks of life are sore,
My feet are growing weary,
I may never wander more,
But I want to rest in Langfield,
When the sands of life are run,
In the sheltering shades of Dooish,
And the hills above Drumquin.

Written by Felix Kearney (1888-1977) of Magherenny, Drumquin, County Tyrone. ^^


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: ard mhacha
Date: 01 May 08 - 01:08 PM

I have a recording of David Hammond singing this from around the mid 1970s, lovely song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: Big Tim
Date: 01 May 08 - 02:25 PM

Margo also does a nice version of it, as does trad Antrim Glens singer Charlie McDonnell. (The latter has also recorded Kearney's song 'A Sprig of Irish Heather').

Kearney is usually credited with the melody for Drumquin (he was a musician, grandfather of Artie McGlynn) but it sound suspiciously familiar to me, beautiful though. Can any musicians among you identify the tune?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 01 May 08 - 09:47 PM

I also have David Hammond's recording somewhere. The tune as I recall it is similar to "The Handsome Cabin Boy". I maybe wouldn't have thought of that, except I pinched that tune for another song a couple of weeks ago.

Agreed, AM, a lovely song, and thanks for the post, Tim.

Ross


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: Fergie
Date: 02 May 08 - 03:05 PM

There is a terrific version of this on Arty McGlynn's CD "McGlynn's Fancy" I don't know the name of the singer, but it is a beautiful version

Fergus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: michaelr
Date: 02 May 08 - 08:56 PM

That is David Hammond on the Arty McGlynn record.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: Big Tim
Date: 03 May 08 - 02:41 AM

Thanks for the tip guys. I have ordered the Artie McGlynn CD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: Fergie
Date: 03 May 08 - 11:25 AM

Thanks Michael, I couldn't remember, Do you know if David Hammond is still around?
Big Tim, you will enjoy that album it is excellent from first to last

Fergus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: GUEST,Ballyhome
Date: 03 May 08 - 11:56 AM

Yes, David Hammond is "still around".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: Big Tim
Date: 03 May 08 - 02:58 PM

There is (or was) a book of Kearney's songs available.
It's called ''This is my Native Place: collected poems and songs' by Felix Kearney. It contains about 80 of his songs and poems. It's a limited edition of 500, I got number 58 about four years ago.

It's a very good production, full of coloured illustrations. I got my copy online from the Omagh Tourist Office.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: ard mhacha
Date: 05 May 08 - 04:43 PM

This song is now on You Tube sung by David Hammond, go to lorgain2.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: Big Tim
Date: 08 May 08 - 11:39 AM

Got the Arty McGlynn CD this morning. I like Hammond's version. He invests the lyric with a good deal sincerity and dignity. One small criticism: it's Langfield not Longfield cemetery. Felix K got his wish and is buried there. I still think I'd stick with Margo's version as my favourite though. (Thanks for the PM Ard).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 08 May 08 - 10:42 PM

This is the YouTube link:- David Hammond "The Hills Above Drumquin"
It's the version with Arty McGlynn on guitar.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin (Felix Kearney)
From: GUEST,AMOR
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 07:27 AM

there was a 78 record in the 1950's that I used to like. Anyone old enough to remember? or to recall the singer.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin (Felix Kearney)
From: Big Tim
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 12:23 PM

Not I, but 1950s would certainly help place the song in time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin (Felix Kearn
From: Geoff Wallis
Date: 16 Jun 08 - 03:41 PM

Arty McGlynn is actually Felix Kearney's grandson.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin (Felix Kearney)
From: Big Tim
Date: 17 Jun 08 - 03:30 AM

I said 'grandfather of Arty McGlynn', same thing!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin (Felix Kearn
From: Geoff Wallis
Date: 17 Jun 08 - 12:35 PM

Sorry, BT, (slaps forehead thrice) - I must pay more attention!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin (Felix Kearney)
From: Big Tim
Date: 17 Jun 08 - 03:01 PM

Cheers Geoff! It's usually me that makes such boobs!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin (Felix Kearney)
From: GUEST,Laóise Carney
Date: 05 Oct 11 - 09:23 AM

Felix Kearney was my grandfather and many people don't know about his music and poetry. It's nice to see that he is getting some recognition here. Thank you very much.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hills Above Drumquin (Felix Kearney)
From: GUEST,Lisa McCarron
Date: 03 May 13 - 06:44 AM

I lived in Drumquin by dooish mountain when i was a child. I live in London now since I was 7 and lost my irish accent but this poem makes me so home sick i always get tearful whenever I hear it read or sung. It sums up Drumquin Beautifully there is no better place for me in all the world.


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