Raise Your Glass

Brian DeVale and Friends

A Tí Trá Lí Production

(Léigh an leathanach seo as Gaeilge)

To hear samples or buy this CD, go to CDBaby. This CD has been enhanced and re-released, 2005. A bonus track has also been added.

Brian

It's finally here! The album to go with the very popular single "New York's Damn Bravest," which was released in 2001. This album contains that song, and a new Irish language version called "Is Mó Damanta Cróga Nua-Eabhrac." There are a number of great new songs that Brian has written, as well as many special treats! The album features songs in English and in Irish Gaelic. Here are some descriptions of the tracks, and some of the lyrics.

Track 1

Limerick

This song about Brian's love of Limerick was written up in the Limerick Leader a while back. It is a celebration of the people and the place. Brian has no trouble being positive about Limerick!

Track 2

New York's Damn Bravest

Brian's moving tribute the the heros of 9/11. This single was originally released to raise money for the NYC Fire Department's Widows and Orphans fund, and was very successful, raising a fair amount of money. Now it takes its place along with Brian's other works, as 9/11 recedes from us a bit. But we will never forget.

Lyrics

Track 3

Na Buachaillí Álainn

A traditional Irish Gaelic song, arranged by Lugh De Paor (Luke Powers), and featuring Lugh on vocals, along with Brian and friends.

Track 4

Ireland's St. Bridget

The band plays a traditional air behind Brian reading a poem that was handed down to him from his Grandmother. Should stir the patriotism in any Irish blood.

Track 5

Éamonn an Cnoic

Another traditional Irish Gaelic song, this time featuring Brian on lead vocals.

Track 6

Home Again

Another new song written by Brian, about his link to Ireland.

Track 7

The Celtic Tiger

A new song by Brian, having a little fun at the expense of the Celtic Tiger.

Track 8

Nuair a Bhí Mé sa Cheathrú Rua

A traditional Canadian folk melody, to which Lugh De Paor has composed beautiful Irish Gaelic lyrics about his joyful experiences in Connemara, learning the Irish language. And he names names!

Track 9

Mise Brian

A tongue in cheek poem in Irish, with the band noodling a traditional tune behind Brian's reading.

Track 10

Home Again

Again. Well, this time with the whole band! We liked it both as a solo and with the ensemble, and so Brian gives you both versions.

Track 11

Cothrom an Lae

A poem in Irish written by and read by Séamas Ó Neachtain (Jim Norton). It is about his first hand experience on 9/11/01, and functions here as a prelude to the final cut.

Track 12

'S Mó Damanta Cróga Nua-Eabhrac

Réamonn Ó Cléirigh (Raymond Clark) re-wrote Brian's New York's Damn Bravest in Irish, and the whole band takes a part in singing it. Maybe more moving than the original version? We'll let you decide. This version was read as a poem on Radió na Gaeltacht in Ireland.

Track 13

Thank You For Bein' America

Lyrics

The Musicians

Brian De Vale

Voice, Guitar

Lugh De Paor

Voice, Guitar, Fiddle, Pipes

Séamas Ó Neachtain

Banjo, Bass, Harmonica, Voice

Pádraig Ó Clúmháin (Pat Clifford)

Tin Whistle, Flute, Voice

Réamonn Ó Cléirigh

Accordion

Produced by Rich Spagnola and Brian De Vale. Jason Walton, engineer. Recorded at Band on the Run studios, Freeport NY. Re-engineered and remastered by Séamas Ó Neachtain, 2005.

All rights reserved © 2003 Brian De Vale on original songs and arrangements.