From Bog To Swamp

by Heavy Blarney

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Review from Muzic.net.nz: "rocking electric guitar solos placed over Banjos and accordions provides plenty of energy bursting out of the speakers, sure to get you up out of your seat. Front-man Bing Turkby has pulled together something great and I highly recommend giving this one a spin."

'From Bog to Swamp' is all about the journey of my ancestors from the peat bogs of Ireland to the swampland on which Palmerston North (Te Papaioea) was built. There are traditional Irish songs and tunes given a shot of energy by adding a rock band backing and some new arrangements. There are also some original songs and one original tune.

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released September 11, 2018

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Heavy Blarney Palmerston North, New Zealand

Celtic rock from Te Papaioea (Palmerston North) Aotearoa (New Zealand).
New arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes and songs, and original compositions in a similar style. Propelling proceedings into the swampy aether.

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Track Name: Sinister Path
Chorus:
At Doolough they said walk, at Parihaka they said run
What makes a person take a sinister path instead of a righteous one?

The lake lies still and quiet, the valley fresh and green
The countryside is silent, as if within a dream
Many years have passed on by since famine struck this land
The people died while eating grass, the officials they just washed their hands

Chorus

For miles the people walked to get an audience with them
The officials who could give them aid
Those were powerful men

But they left to go a-hunting, while people starved to death
They made them wait in freezing cold
Thought they were better than the rest

Chorus

Taranaki maunga majestically presides
o'er peaceful pastures lush with grass, where memories reside
From many years back in the past, the people were oppressed
The settlers took their land from them, the villagers were dispossessed

Chorus

The peaceful villagers agreed to passively resist
The settlers then would surely see that they could coexist
But the government sent in men with guns to clear the people out
But Parihaka's legacy is still alive and standing proud

Chorus
Track Name: Heavy Roddy MacCorley
See the fleet foot host of men
That speed with faces wan,
From farmstead and from fisher's cot
Along the banks of Bann,
They come with vengeance in their eyes
Too late too late are they.
For young Roddy McCorley goes to die
On the bridge of Toome today.

Up the narrow street he steps
Smiling, proud and young.
About the hemp rope on his neck
The golden ringlets clung
There was never a tear in his blue eye,
Both sad and bright are they,
For young Roddy McCorley goes to die
On the bridge of Toome today.

When he last stepped up that street,
His shining pike in hand,
Behind him marched in grim array
A stalwart, earnest band.
For Antrim town, for Antrim town,
He led them to the fray,
And young Roddy McCorley goes to die
On the bridge of Toome today.

There was never a one of all your dead
More bravely fell in fray
Than he who marches to his fate
On the bridge of Toome today.
True to the last, true to the last,
He treads the upward way,
And young Roddy McCorley goes to die
On the bridge of Toome today.
Track Name: Heavy Carlow
Lift MacCahir Og your face, brooding o'er the old disgrace
That black Fitzwilliam stormed the place, and drove you to the Fern
Grey said victory was sure, and soon the firebrand he'd secure;
Until he met at Glenmalure with Feach MacHugh O'Byrne.

Curse and swear Lord Kildare
Feach will do what Feach will dare
Now Fitzwilliam, have a care
Fallen is your star, low
Up with halberd out with sword
On we'll go for by the Lord
Feach MacHugh has given the word,
Follow me up to Carlow.

See the swords of Glen Imayle, flashing o'er the English Pale
See all the children of the Gael, beneath O'Byrne's banners
Rooster of a fighting stock, would you let a Saxon cock
Crow out upon an Irish rock, fly up and teach him manners

From Tassagart to Clonmore, there flows a stream of Saxon gore
O great is Rory Og O'More, at sending loons to Hades
White is sick and Lane is fled, now for black Fitzwilliam's head
We'll send it over dripping red, to Queen Liza and the ladies
Track Name: Heavy Kitty
Oh Kitty, My Darling, remember
That the doom will be mine if I stay
'Tis far better to part, though it's hard to
Than to rot in their prison away
'Tis far better to part, though it's hard to
Than to rot in their prison away

So softly he kissed her pale lips
'Twas the same story over and o'er
Hush mavourneen, the police are watching
And you know that I must go ashore
Hush mavourneen, the police are watching
And you know that I must go ashore

In a day I'll be over the mountain
There'll be time enough left for to cry
So good night and God guard you forever
And write to me won't you, goodbye
So good night and God guard you forever
And write to me won't you, goodbye
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Track Name: Bonny Boys and Girls
Come dance the night away my girls
My bonny girls, my hopeful girls
Come dance the night away my girls
Tomorrow we'll be sailing

Come dance the night away my boys
My bonny boys, my hopeful boys
Come dance the night away my boys
Tomorrow we'll be sailing

A hundred days at sea
Pulled onward by a dream
Enduring every day
For a home so far away

Come join a game of cards my boys
My bonny boys, my hopeful boys
Come join a game of cards my boys
Tomorrow we'll still be sailing

Come sing a song of love my girls
My bonny girls, my hopeful girls
Come sing a song of love my girls
Tomorrow we'll still be sailing

A hundred days at sea
Pulled onward by a dream
Enduring every day
For a home so far away

And on the dark horizon
A storm begins a-rising
The wind and rain are pounding
And the boat feels like it foundering

Come dance the night away my love
Track Name: Pepeha
Te Reo Maori:

Tenei te ringa o te tangata
e noho nei ki raro i te marumaru
o Tararua maunga
e rere te awa o Manawatū
ki te Papaioea
te kainga o nga tini whetu
ki te rangi
ko Rangitāne
ki te whenua

English:

This is the hand of the person
that thrives under the shelter
of the Tararua ranges
and there flows the mighty Manawatū [river]
into Palmerston North
that's the place [settlement] where,
as many as the stars in the sky
are the Rangitāne people
on the land

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