* THE BLACKBIRD OF SWEET AVONDALE -
* THE FLOWER OF LUGNAQUILLA -
* MY WICKLOW HILLS SO GAY -
* THE BANKS OF AVONMORE -
* THE ROSE IN THE HEATHER/PAIDIN O'RAFFERTY (JIGS) -
* DOWN BY THE TANYARD SIDE -
* THE WICKLOW MOUNTAINS HIGH -
* ANN DEVLIN -
* THE WICKLOW VALES FOR ME -
* PROVIDENCE/GRAVEL WALKS (REELS) -
The artists featured include Celtic Mist, Shay Eustace, Fifth-
Also featured are a number of interviewees who know anything that's worth knowing about County Wicklow, its songs and songwriters. These include 94-
Senator Labras O 'Murchu, Director General of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, gives us the benefit of his knowledge of songs and song-
Seamus MacMathuna, a great authority on the Irish ballad regales the viewer, from a cheery fireside, with stories of composers past and present.
Mick Brady, reveals where he got the inspiration for an emigration song and singer, writer and historian tells some lesser-
Cover of 'Sunrise on the Wicklow Hills' DVD.
"Sunrise On The Wicklow Hills" is available from
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400 YEARS OF WICKLOW SONGS
County Wicklow inspired John Millington Synge, gave refuge to freedom fighters, welcomed lovers to it's hills and valleys and continues to provide tranquillity, peace and relaxation for its many visitors.
The loves, battles, disputes and matches of the Garden County have been commemorated in songs (some almost forgotten), which have long been part of the oral tradition of mountain men and mountain women.
Yes, yes, I know. You knew that already. Well, about a year ago I came up with a mad idea. You knew that as well because you know that I'm always coming up with mad ideas. As smart as you are, I'll bet you don't know what it was. Well I'll tell you.
Wicklow was the last county in Ireland to be instituted, 400 years ago. And on the four-
I put the idea to Julie Phibbs, Director of West Wicklow Films, who seemed to think that it wasn't all that mad. For months her team hauled cameras, tripods and a lot of expertise through the briars, ferns and rocks of County Wicklow.
The result is 57 minutes of footage, which -
This cinematic panorama is accompanied by the following audio tracks:
* SUNRISE ON THE WICKLOW HILLS -
* THE WICKLOW ROVER; -
* THE VALES AROUND CLOUGHLEA -
* DERRYBAWN -