Smithsonian

by Colin Clark

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This short three track, four tune EP was recorded for a submission requested of Colin Clark by The Smithsonian Archive late in 2011. The Archive is currently collecting recordings of young Appalachian style players from across the United States. Colin is representing the Rocky Mountain Region, and was selected among seven other young Clawhammer Players.

His submission attempts to instill the feeling of the quickly growing Colorado Folk Scene into these East Coast compositions in order to express his appreciation of all the great Colorado and Rocky Mountain Region Folk artists. Colin is honored to have been selected for this collection which will remain in the National Archives for future generations.

NOTE: This is a Not For Profit sound recording. These tracks are available here under a "Pay What You Want" basis. Please note that all profits and proceeds will go directly to The Smithsonian Folkways Foundation.

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released May 9, 2012

Thank you to Zack Dare for engineering these tracks. To my wife Michelle for putting up with a banj'ist. To my parents for instilling music in me from an early age. To Aaron Keim who made my custom Long Neck. To Todd Treadway for the gift of the Cigarbox Banjo used on Banjonique. And finally to The Smithsonian Archives for this amazing opportunity and honor.

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Track Name: Star of the County Down
Near Banbridge town, in the County Down
One morning in July
Down a bóithrín green came a sweet cailín
And she smiled as she passed me by.
Oh 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
To be sure I was really there.

Chorus:
And from Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
And from Galway to Dublin town
No maid I've seen like the brown cailín
That I met in the County Down.

As she onward sped I shook my head
And I gazed with a feeling rare
And I said, says I, to a passerby
"Who's the maid with the nut-brown hair?"
He smiled at me, and with pride says he,
"That's the gem of Ireland's crown.
She's young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann
She's the star of the County Down."

Chorus

I've travelled a bit, but never was hit
Since my roving career began
But fair and square I surrendered there
To the charms of young Rose McCann.
I'd a heart to let and no tenant yet
Did I meet with in shawl or gown
But in she went and I asked no rent
From the star of the County Down.

Chorus

At the crossroads fair I'll be surely there
And I'll dress in my Sunday clothes
And I'll try sheep's eyes, and deludhering lies
On the heart of the nut-brown rose.
No pipe I'll smoke, no horse I'll yoke
Though with rust my plow turns brown
Till a smiling bride by my own fireside
Sits the star of the County Down.