This renowned and beautiful Irish ballad was reputed to have been written by James McGarvey from the County Derry portion of Slieve Gallion mountain. The mountain itself is divided between counties Derry and Tyrone although the vast majority is in the former, the latter being a veritable wasteland full of head-the-balls.
This rendition is performed by Delores Keane, a much lauded traditional and folk music singer from County Galway in Ireland. Delores was a founding member of the celebrated folk group De Danaan. This author for Rebel Voice had the great pleasure of hearing her many years ago in south Derry. It was an intimate gig and she excelled.