Music of Ireland, Scotland and Beyond

by Walking on Air

Released 2018
Blackberry Way Records
Released 2018
Blackberry Way Records
Walking On Air takes its name from the magical novel by Michele's father, Pierre Delattre. To him, and the fine musicians and friends who have inspired us, this album is dedicated. Traditional Celtic folk songs passed down through the generations.
1. Last Winter Was A Hard One
Two Irish-American women discuss their husbands, the weather, unemployment
and the bosses’ knack for playing one group of immigrants off another.
Learned from Joe Hickerson (and composed in 1880 by Jim O’Neill and
Jack Conroy, according to scholar-musician Mick Moloney). Michele, lead
2. Manuel’s Jig/Skipper Lost His Guernsey/Les Patates/Brûlées à Gerald
Jamie learned these three Newfoundland tunes from Kelly Russell of St.
John’s, a great collector of traditional music of the region. The first two jigs
come from Rufus Guinchard of the Northern Peninsula. The reel that follows
was composed by the great fiddler Émile Benoît, who died in 1992.
3. Come Boat Me O’er
Bonnie Prince Charlie might have been king of Scotland and England.Instead
he has inspired countless creative songs, including this anthem attributed to
Robert Burns (learned from Jean Redpath). Ross, lead vocal.
4. Isle of Man
This bit of fiction, composed by Don, concerns a place none of us have ever
been. Our apologies for any unintended slander. Don, lead vocal.
5. Paddy’s Lamentation
Even less fortunate than the average Irish refugee, the man in this song arrived
just in time to fight in the Civil War. We first heard this sung by Paul
Brady. Don, lead vocal.
6. Constitutional Movement
This strain of Irish politics seems to have vanished into obscurity, perhaps
overwhelmed by violent events. We learned this from the McPeake family of
Belfast. Ross, lead vocal.
7. Heights of Alma
This Scottish number with a calypso beat, from the singing of Nic Jones,
celebrates mostly forgotten events in the Crimean War. Ross, lead vocal.
8.Schottishe/La Polka du Quartier/La Polka d’Arthon
The untitled schottische comes from the playing of Gaston Pouget, from
Correze in south central France. Jean Blanchard, of the well-known French
group La Bamboche, was our source for the polkas that follow.
9. Green Grow the Laurels
An Irish cousin of “Green Grow the Lilacs” that we learned from the singing
of Dolores Keane. Michele, lead vocal.
10. Paddy on the Railway
Irish hands helped lay the rails of Britain and America. We modified this
well-known song a bit, and added mention of John Ireland, 19th century
archbishop of St. Paul, Minn. Don, lead vocal.
11. Lament for James Moray Esquire of Abercairney/Captain White
The air that begins this medley was composed by the legendary Scottish
fiddler, Neil Gow. “Captain White” is a popular jig in Scotland, Ireland and
Canada. Jamie borrowed the combination from Johnny Doherty of Donegal.
12. Broomfield Hill
With the aid of a handy witch, a young lady triumphs in the classic wager
with a young blade. This version comes from Martin Carthy. Michele, lead
13. Capetown
A song of peaceful protest. Words by Don, to the tune of “Bean Dubh an
Ghleanna” (“Dark Woman of the Glenn”) as sung by our good friend Daithi
Sproule. Don, lead vocal.
Don Clark: mandolin, cittern, guitar, vocals
Michele Delattre: concertina, dulcimer, vocals
Jamie Gans: fiddle, viola, whistle, vocals
Ross Sutter: guitar, bodhran, bones vocals
Special thanks for John Anderson for playing bass on
tracks 1, 5, 7, 8 and 9
Marcus Wise plays tabla on "Heights of Alma"
Produced by Walking On Air
Engineered by Mike Owens
Recorded in 1984 at Blackberry Way Studios
Minneapolis, Minn.
Thanks to Mike, Fred Waltz and Bob Hughes for
helping convert the lp to digital form.
Cover art by Mary Lofgren
Band contact:
Don Clark (