Buy it! Brothers 3: Far From Home
NOTE: All clips are in MP3 format and of approximately 30 seconds in length.
1.  Farewell, Farewell   (4:15)

Our opening track with the ironic title is composed of two reels—one Scottish, one Irish. The former is The Highlander's Farewell To Loch Katrine, and the latter is Farewell to Erin (Ireland). We fell into a funky, late 70's/early 80's groove similar to "Average White Band", so of course we make a self-reference to "Average Green Band".

2.  Far From Home   (4:03)

Complete with banjo, we present a suite of dances from the Shetland Isles, Ireland, and Scotland in a hillbilly, Appalachian-type setting. The first piece is Far From Home, the second Toss The Feathers, and the third is The Mason's Apron. To make things even more inter-esting, Brother Tom moves from drums to bass, Brother Martin from percussion to drums, and Brother Tim from bass to harmonica.

3.  Botany Bay   (2:43)

Botany Bay is a bay in Sydney, New South Wales. It was the site of James Cook's first landing of the the HMS Endeavour on the continent of Australia, and later the British planned Botany Bay as the site for a penal colony. Out of these plans came the first European colonization of Australia at Sydney Cove. Stretching musically even further than we have so far, this song is done in an "Indo-Pop" style—similar to what one might hear in an Indian film.

4.  Yarishko Horo   (5:33)

In our first-ever foray into Eastern European music, Yarishko Horo (Little Goat Dance) is a traditional dance in 6/8 time from Bulgaria. We've slowed it down quite a bit from the usual breakneck speeds Bulgarian musicians would play it. Hey—it's cold there! Gotta keep warm.

5.  MC   (2:50)

This short "vignette" is Master Crowley's Reel, done in an unabashed rock style with a heavy backbeat. It features Dave Ervin on electric guitar.

6.  The Flogging   (4:08)

Three reels are used in this unusual setting of acoustic instruments which includes a double-capo'd guitar, soprano sax, washboard, and brushes on the the drum set. They are The Flogging Reel, O'er the Moor an' Across the Heather, and The Banshee. Sweet.

7.  The Groves of Glanmire   (4:33) 

This is an Irish poem from the late 19th/early 20th century—very sentimental—extolling the beauties of Glanmire in Co Cork. The ethereal lyrics are contrasted with a somewhat spacey blues instrumentation, featuring Dave Ervin on electric guitar.

8.  Keelman O'er The Land   (5:46)

A Northumbrian pipe tune, done as a jazz waltz. Very light and swingy with Wayne McKinzie on soprano sax.

9.  Crowley's Pledge   (3:17)

The most "World Beat" track on this album, two Irish reels—Master Crowley's Reel (a different tune entirely from MC above with the same name) and The Broken Pledge, in an Afro-pop setting. Catchy bass riff and dreamy flow. Also, unusual turnabout as Wayne McKinzie plays "marimba" on the wind synthesizer.

10. Van Dieman's Land   (4:54)

Totally bluegrass version of a 19th-century song about the penal colony established in 1803 on Van Dieman's Land (a.k.a. VanDiemen's Land), which was the original name used by Europeans for the island of Tasmania, now part of Australia. Features Wayne McKinzie on lead vocal and banjo.

11. The Cottage In The Grove   (6:36)

Taken from the P.W. Joyce Collection of traditional Irish music and song, this wonderful modal reel is paired with The Old Copper Plate in a fast Middle-Eastern setting with traditional rhythms, style, and percussion throughout. Several different sections allow various instruments to be highlighted before a frenetic race to the end.

12. The Bonny Earl of Moray   (3:04)

We end with a quiet rendition of the classic Scottish folk song performed only with six-part vocal harmonies and solo guitar. The man referred to in this ballad was James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray (pronounced "murry"), the husband of Elizabeth Stewart. He was born circa 1565 and was murdered by George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly on February 7th, 1592.


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