Camogie

Camogie

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CAMOGIE is the only California Celtic quartet with four equally-acclaimed songsmiths providing the repertoire, haunting arrangements featuring sizzling chops on a shifting array of instruments, and choruses in both English and Irish that audiences can't help but sing along with.

Biography

CAMOGIE is a quartet of popular Bay Area singer-songwriters combining their talents to create a new, harmony-drenched sound that crackles with joyous Celtic energy.

CAMOGIE is Robin Flower and Libby McLaren, multi-instrumental trailblazers of Celtic Americana, Danny Carnahan, lead singer with the adventurous jam band Wake the Dead, and Mary McLaughlin, internationally-acclaimed Irish chanteuse. Together or separately, the four bandmembers have performed on PBS and The Tonight Show, in festivals from Belfast to Vancouver and from Scotland to New Zealand, and on more than 20 of their own albums, while adding their talents to dozens more. This is the first time these four exciting performers have banded together.

Four-part vocal harmonies soar over shifting textures of piano, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, octave mando, accordion, and electric keyboards. All four bandmembers provide new original songs to the band’s eclectic repertoire, in addition to the most singable songs they’ve popularized on their own, rearranged to showcase the strengths of this unique, new lineup.

Songs from CAMOGIE’s new EP have joined music by all four bandmates in Northern California radio rotation. Robin released four solo albums before her three duo outings with Libby—Steelhead in the Riffles, 30-Second Kiss, and Angel of Change. Mary’s newest CD, Crystal Shoe, follows her World Music Chart hit Celtic Voices, Celtic Requiem and Daughter of Lir. Danny’s tenth and most recent CD is Blue Light Cheap Hotel, his third with the irrepressible Wake the Dead.

Whether one of Mary’s hypnotic Gaelic anthems, Libby’s touching character studies, Danny’s quirky takes on love, or Robin’s driving sets of tunes, every CAMOGIE arrangement shines with a rare sense of fun.

Lyrics

Loughrask

Written By: Danny Carnahan

I was just seventeen when to West Clare I came
To serve Lord O’Loughlainn and fight in his name
And he gave me a sword and he promised me fame
If I’d lay down my life for the Burren

But worries we’d none through the westering year
And I courted my maiden and hunted the deer
And my sword gathered dust as we’d nothing to fear
Till the snows brought a messenger riding

And he cried, A fierce army cross o’er the far hill
Our land to despoil and our cattle to kill
So we took up the banner and marched with a will
To beat them away from our border

So certain of glory we marched with the tide
Through snow-covered stones where the wild rabbits hide
And we stopped where Loughrask lay so peaceful and wide
And a cry echoed over the water

And the grey hag she rose where no foothold could be
From the heart of the lake, with her back to the sea
And she thrust out her hand as her eyes turned to me
Saying, Soldier of Loughlainn, take warning

Get you home, Lord O’Loughlainn, return while you may
For your fate is decreed if you march on your way
And no man may fight with you and live out the day
And a cold wind will blow on the Burren

O’Loughlainn just smiled as he raised up his hand
I hark not to vision nor bow to demand
And there’s no one on earth, be he devil or man
Can lure me to faithless surrender

And the cursed outlanders who march to the fore
Will rue the cruel fate that has tempted them o’er
For we go in God’s name as we march on to war
So take Heaven or Hell as it please you

And I wanted to run, but I didn’t dare try
And the Hag she just stood as our army marched by
And I wish now I’d spit in my Lord Loughlainn’s eye
For a cold wind did blow on the Burren

Oh, the foe fell upon us with scarcely a sound
And we froze in confusion, fair feast for the hounds
And quickly and cruelly they cut Loughlainn down
And they harvested us like ripe barley

And now wounded I lie, though my warning was clear
And scarce was the glory awaiting me here
And this heart that beat only to comfort my dear
Now stains the white snows of the evening

And were we true to our duty? Well, God only knows
And it won’t even matter to Him, I suppose
When we all melt awy with the last winter’s snows
And the wildflowers bloom on the Burren

Discography

CAMOGIE released their début 4-song EP CD in 2007. Songs clips are available on the website. Among them, the four band members have released dozens of CDs. Robin Flower released four solo albums before her three duo outings with Libby—"Steelhead in the Riffles", "30-Second Kiss", and "Angel of Change". Mary’s newest CD, "Crystal Shoe", follows her World Music Chart hit "Celtic Voices", "Celtic Requiem" and "Daughter of Lir". Danny’s tenth and most recent CD is "Blue Light Cheap Hotel", his third with the irrepressible Celtic jam band Wake the Dead, and joining "Wake the Dead" and "Buckdancer's Choice". Available showcases of Danny's original songs also include "Journeys of the Heart", "No Regrets", and "Cut and Run". Songs from nearly all the above-listed CDs are available on iTunes. All have enjoyed airplay nationwide.

Set List

All four bandmembers provide original songs to an evening's song list. Other songs are taken from the Celtic tradition and arranged for 4-part vocal harmonies. A typical current show will include:
"The Weaver" and "Crystal Shoe" by Mary McLaughlin; "It's Early Yet", "Meantime", Breathe", "Fly My Way" and "Kings of Kilfenora" by Danny Carnahan; "Ghost Train" and "Rhythm & Rhyme" by Robin Flower; and "Sherrill's Lament" and "Reverend Annie's" by Libby McLaren. Mary has also brought simmering Irish songs to the band, including "Nil Se Na La", "Si Do Mhamó I" and "Dúlaman".