Star of the County Down

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Fiddler’s Green is a German band from Erlangen that plays independent Irish speedfolk, formed in 1990. Their first concert under the name of Fiddler’s Green was at the Newcomer-Festival in Erlangen in November 1990, where the band came second. The first album, entitled "Fiddler’s Green", was released in 1992, and was a mixture of live and studio tracks and of traditional and self-written songs. It was released on their own label, Deaf Shepherd Recordings. The band has been signed to a major label, but chose to go back to being independent. more »


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Near Banbridge town in the County Down 
One morning last July, 
From a boreen green came a sweet Colleen 
And she smiled as she passed me by. 
She looked so sweet from her two bare feet 
To the sheen of her nut-brown hair. 
Such a coaxing elf, sure I shook myself 
For so see I was really there. 

From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay 
And from Galway to Dublin town, 
No maid I've seen like the fair colleen 
That I met in the County Down. 

As she onward sped, sure I scratched my head 
And I looked with a feeling rare. 
And I say, say's I, to a passer - by, 
"Who's the maid with the nut - brown hair"? 
He smiled at me and he say's, say's he, 
"That's the gem of Ireland's crown. 
Young Rosie McCann, from the banks of the ban 
She's the star of the County Down." 

At the Harvest Fair she'll be surely there 
And I'll dress in my Sunday clothes, 
With my shoes shone bright and my hat cocked right 
For a smile from my nut brown rose. 
No pipe I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke 
'Til my plough it is rust coloured brown. 
'Til a smiling bride, by my own fireside 
Sits the Star of the County Down

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Written by: PETER HOPE

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