Monday 12 October 2009

Mick Hanly - A Kiss in the Morning Early (1976)

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Mick Hanly - A Kiss in the Morning Early (Mulligan - LUN 005 - 1976)

This is the first solo album from Mick Hanly, in my opinion one of the best and most under-rated interpreters of traditional songs of the entire 1970s Irish revival. All the songs are taken from Colm Ó Lochlainn's second book 'More Irish Street Ballads', with the exception of Hanly's own cracking little composition 'The Reluctant Pirate'. Hanly's sweet tenor is well reproduced with the aid of Dónal Lunny and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill's admirably crisp production, with his skill as a traditional singer made particularly apparent on the unaccompanied track 'Song of Repentance'. He is joined by a number of musicians crucial to the 1970s Irish revival, including Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Triona Ni Dhomnaill (harpsichord), Rick Epping (concertina), Peter Brown (pipes), Matt Molloy (flute), and of course Dónal Lunny (bouzouki).

1. Farewell Dearest Nancy
2. The Merchant's Daughter
3. My Johnny was a Shoemaker
4. Song of Repentance
5. Rosemary Fair
6. A Kiss in the Morning Early
7. An tSean Bhean Bhocht [Hornpipe]
8. The Verdant Braes of Screen
9. Cod Liver Oil
10. The Reluctant Pirate



  1. Oh...
    I am so overjoyed to have found your blog and to have found this album...
    One of my very favorite Irish records of all time!!!
    This is a real treasure trove of music and information.
    Bless you and thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. You're very welcome. This is one of my all-time favourites too.

  3. I just scored a very clean LP copy of this album. I heard it for the first time when I downloaded it from your blog. I love this album. Mick's interpretations are among my favorites. A truly seminal album.

  4. Many thanks, been after a digital copy for many a year
    Good luck

  5. Link is dead. Could somebody re-post?

  6. Can somebody repost the download link?