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These Are the Days

by Burning Bridget Cleary

Released 2016
Released 2016
Eclectic and fresh, old-school Celtic and contemporary folk tunes. Spiced with twin fiddles, sweetened with a mélange of vocal harmonies, garnished with stylish guitar and finished with world-class guest artists.
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“One of the most exciting bands I’ve seen in the last couple of years!”
–Jack Baker, The Irish American News

“ . . . Burning Bridget Cleary is on fire with their fourth album, “Pressed for Time.”
-Stephen McSweeney, Celtic Music Magazine

“. . . a highlight of this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival”
- Michael Kornfeld,acousticmusicscene.com

Burning Bridget Cleary has been performing and recording their distinctive style of Celtic traditional music since 2006.

Band-leader, Rose Baldino, drives this band …
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Story

 

Here it is: the song behind our first music video!  This film has been a project of great passion and collaboration. Lou's brother, Ray Baldino, a master photographer/videographer, was the first point of inspiration when he suggested he would love to do a film project with BBC. The recording process of the "Stor Mo Chroi" (store-mo-CREE) song was already in the works, so it was a natural to back the movie.

Jim Salamone, of Cambridge Sound Studios, mixed and mastered the "Stor Mo Chroi" recording and immediately invited us to use the Newtown recording studio as a backdrop for the modern scenes.   In February, Cheryl began gathering costumes and researching film locations.

A friend of the band suggested Cuttalossa Farm in Lumberville as an ideal location for the outdoor shots. Cuttalossa is the former home of the Pennsylvania impressionist painter, Daniel Garber. The present owners have spent 35 years cultivating the property into a living masterpiece. It's setting has a magical, verdant quality that evokes old Ireland. They were gracious and welcomed the film idea, so the April 15th date was set - no raindate! Fortunately, the weather cooperated fully, with just a few drops of rain to set the scene.

Other film locations included the Newtown historic district and the old Rushland train station.

The story is a fairy-tale fantasy of young love, set in both present and past.  A mid-June 2012 release date is set for the film.


Guest Musicians on "Stor Mo Chroi":

Flute:  Augie Fairchild

Bodhran: Nate Godshall

Lyrics

 

         Stor Mo Chroi (store-mo-CREE)

A stor mo chroi when you're far away

Far from the land you’ll be leavin’

It's many a time by night and by day

That your heart will sorely be grievin’

For the stranger's land may be bright and fair

And rich in its treasures golden

But you'll pine I know for the long ago

And the love that is never olden

 

A stor mo chroi in the stranger's land

There is plenty of wealth and wailin’

Where gems adorn the rich and the grand

There are faces of hunger palin’

For the road is weary and hard to tread

And the lights of the cities will blind you

Won’t you turn a stor  to Erin's shore

And the one that you’re leavin' behind you

 

A stor mo chroi when the evening’s mist

Over mountain and meadow is fallin’

Oh turn, a stor, from the throng and mist

And maybe you’ll hear me callin’

For the sound of a voice that is surely missed

For somebody’s quick returnin’

A run a run won't you come back soon

To the one who will always love you

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Ewan MacColl (1953) with Burning Bridget Cleary Instrumental Arrangement

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Tim Evans was a prisoner down in his prison cell
And those who read about his crimes condemned his soul to hell
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"

For the killing of his own dear wife and the murder of his child
The jury found him guilty, the hanging judge, he smiled
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"

They took Tim Evans from the dock and they led him to his cell
They closed the door behind his back saying, "Damn your soul to hell"
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down, you murderer, go down"

Tim Evans pleaded innocent, he swore by Him on high
He never killed his own dear wife nor caused his child to die
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down, you murderer, go down"

Tim Evans walked around the yard, some screws, they walked behind
He saw the sky above the wall, he knew no peace of mind
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"

The governor came to his cell, the chaplain by his side
Saying, "Your appeal has been turned down, prepare yourself to die"
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down, you murderer, go down"

They took Tim Evans to the place where the hangman did prepare
They tied a rope around his neck with a knot behind his ear
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"

A thousand lads were screaming and cursing at the doors
Tim Evans didn't hear them, he was deaf forever more
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down"

They sent Tim Evans to the dock for a crime he didn't do
It's Christy was the murderer, the judge and jury, too
Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down, you murderer, go down"

Saying, "Go down, you murderer, go down, you murderer, go down
You murderer go down
"

Burning Bridget Cleary
11/01/2008
Rose Baldino and Genevieve Gillespie

Story

We (Rose and Genna) wrote this song in 2008, riding in the back seat of Lou's station wagon, on the long ride home from the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC.  Inspired by our week at music camp we decided we needed a song to tell Bridget's story. We had captured the emotion of her tale in the tune, "Burning Bridget Cleary", written for our first CD, but we needed to tell the story in words. It's a difficult story to tell, and somehow it never came out quite right when we related the story from the stage . . . A special "thank-you" to Terry Kane, who we called and harrassed several times that day to help us with the Irish language translation!

Lyrics

An Tusa 'Sí

Hey my love, ho my love, where have you been? Selling your goods in the County?

You have been gone this evening long, Oh my love, do not betray me!

Hey man, ho man, what do you think? That I have been foolin’ away?

I have been faithful and true, my love, your dutiful wife to stay.

Refrain

Hey my love, ho my love, step in the light, you are not looking so well,

Don’t be a messin’ with fairies me love; the devil will damn you to hell.

Hey man, ho man, I am but ill, Come my love, why do you frown?

Fetch me some milk from the farmer good man, to calm my fever down.

Refrain

Hey my love, ho my love, look who is here; your father and your brother,

Quiet you fool, take this potion down, come on now drink up another!

Hey man, ho man, let me alone; I will not do as you say!

I am your wife, no demon, me Love, nor taken by the fae.

Refrain 

Hey devil, ho devil, I’ve got you now, no longer will you possess her!

Bridget, my wife, come back to me now, and he threw her down into the fire.

Bridget was set in a shallow grave, no headstone for to remember,

Michael was thrown in a madman’s cell, his suffering fate to avenge her.

Refrain:

Nach tusa bean Mhícheal Cleirigh?

Chan tú sa sí, a Bhríd Cleirigh.

Nach tusa bean Mhícheal Cleirigh?

Chan tú sa sí, a Bhríd Cleirigh.

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