LEAP OF FAITH

by Bonhomme Setter

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Bonhomme Setter is a musical line-up which has been evolving in Quebec City since 1998. Previously associated with Irish musical traditions and culture, today the group blends Celtic music with the diverse rhythms of the world: Spain, Ireland, Scotland and the Middle-East flow together in warm, festive compositions, in tasteful and authentic music which will transport you to the world of passionate musicians.

Bonhomme Setter is :
SYLVAIN LABERGE | flute . tin whistle . low whistle . saz
SANDRA POULIN | violon . back vocal
DOMINIC HAERINCK | guitar . cittern . harp . mandolin . vocal
PATRICK MCSWEENEY | guitar . uilleann pipes . vocal

Guest musicians :
LUC BOURGEOIS | tin whistle
STÉPHANE DESBIENS | guitar
CHRISTIAN HAERINCK | scottish smallpipes
MARTIN LAFOREST | bodhran . congas . shaker

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released October 1, 2004

ALBUMS CREDITS :
Bonhomme Setter
Sylvain Laberge
Martin Mulhaire
Stéphane Desbiens

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Track Name: Follow Me Up to Carlow . Leitrim Fancy
FOLLOW ME UP TO CARLOW

Lift Mac Cahir Og your face, broodin' o'er the old disgrace
That black Fitzwilliam stormed your place & drove you to the fern
Gray said victory was sure, soon the firebrand he'd secure
Until he met at Glenmalure with Fiach McHugh O'Byrne

Curse and swear, Lord Kildare, Fiach will do what Fiach will dare
Now Fitzwilliam, have a care, fallen is your star low
Up with halberd, out with sword, on we go for, by the Lord
Fiach McHugh has given the word "Follow me up to Carlow"

See the swords at Glen Imaal, flashin' o'er the english pale
See all the children of the Gael, beneath O'Byrne's banner
Rooster of a fighting stock, would you let a Saxon cock
Crow out upon an Irish Rock, fly up and teach him manners

Curse and swear, Lord Kildare, Fiach will do what Fiach will dare
Now Fitzwilliam, have a care, fallen is your star low
Up with halberd, out with sword, on we go for, by the Lord
Fiach McHugh has given the word "Follow me up to Carlow"

From Tassagart to Clonmore, flows a stream of Saxon gore
How great is Rory Og O'Moore at sending loons to Hades
White is sick, Gray is fled, now for black Fitzwilliam's head
We'll send it over, dripping red, to Liza and her ladies

Curse and swear, Lord Kildare, Fiach will do what Fiach will dare
Now Fitzwilliam, have a care, fallen is your star low
Up with halberd, out with sword, on we go for, by the Lord
Fiach McHugh has given the word "Follow me up to Carlow"
Track Name: The Blacksmith
THE BLACKSMITH

A blacksmith courted me
Nine months and better
He fairly won my heart
Wrote me a letter

With his hammer in his hand
He looked quite clever
And if I was with my love
I'd live for ever

But where is my love gone
With his cheeks like roses?
And his good black Billycock on
Decked round with primroses?

I'm afraid the scorching sun
Will shine and burn his beauty
And if I was with my love
I'd do my duty

Strange news is come to town
Strange news is carried
Strange news flies up and down
That my love is married

I wish them both much joy
Though they can't hear me
And may God reward him well
For the slighting of me

Don't you remember when
You lay beside me?
And you said you'd marry me
And not deny me?

If I said I'd marry you
It was only for to try you
So bring your witness love
And I'll not deny you

No, witness I have none
Save God Almighty
And may he reward you well
For the slighting of me

Her lips grew pale and wan
It made her poor heart tremble
To think she loved that one
And he proved deceitful

A blacksmith courted me
Nine months and better
He fairly won my heart
Wrote me a letter

With his hammer in his hand
He looked quite clever
And if I was with my love
I'd live forever
Track Name: I'm a Rover
I'M A ROVER

I'm a rover, seldom sober,
I'm a rover of high degree
It's when I'm drinkin' I'm always thinkin'
how to gain my love's company

Though the night be as dark as dungeon,
not a star can be seen above
I will be guided without a stumble,
into the arms of my own true love

I'm a rover, seldom sober,
I'm a rover of high degree
It's when I'm drinkin' I'm always thinkin'
how to gain my love's company

He stepped up to her bedroom window,
kneeling gently upon a stone
He whispers through her bedroom window,
my darling dear do you lie alone

I'm a rover, seldom sober,
I'm a rover of high degree
It's when I'm drinkin' I'm always thinkin'
how to gain my love's company

It's only me your own true lover,
open the door and let me in
For I have come on a long nights journey
and I'm near drenched to the skin

I'm a rover, seldom sober,
I'm a rover of high degree
It's when I'm drinkin' I'm always thinkin'
how to gain my love's company

She opened the door with the greatest pleasure,
she opened the door and she let him in
They both shook hands and embraced each other,
until the morning they lay as one

I'm a rover, seldom sober,
I'm a rover of high degree
It's when I'm drinkin' I'm always thinkin'
how to gain my love's company

Says I: My love I must go and leave you,
to climb the hills they are far above
But I will climb with the greatest pleasure,
since I've been in the arms of my love

I'm a rover, seldom sober,
I'm a rover of high degree
It's when I'm drinkin' I'm always thinkin'
how to gain my love's company