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Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday

John Maguire: Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday (Leader LEE 4062)

Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday
John Maguire (1902-1976)

Leader LEE 4062 (LP, UK, 1973)

Robin Morton,
Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday
The songs and life story, told in his own words, of John Maguire, traditional singer and farmer from Co. Fermanagh.
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973.
ISBN 0 7100 7634 7

John Maguire: Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973)

Recorded by Robin Morton in 1972;
Production master by Bill Leader, Leader Sound Studios, London;
Notes and cover photograph by Robin Morton;
Sleeve and booklet design by Janet Kerr


John Maguire: vocals


Side 1

  1. Molly Bawn Lowry (Roud 166; Laws O36; Henry H114)
  2. Marrowbones (Roud 183; Laws Q2; G/D 2:318; Henry H174; TYG 6)
  3. The Bonny Irish Boy (Roud 565; Laws P26; G/D 6:1080; Henry H168)
  4. Thousands Are Sailing to Amerikay (Roud 2904)
  5. Bonny Wee Lassie That Never Said No (Roud 2903)
  6. My Charming Mary (Roud 2900)

Side 2

  1. The Constant Farmer’s Son (Roud 675; Laws M33; G/D 2:221; Henry H806)
  2. Joe Higgins (Roud 847)
  3. The Handsome Collier Lad (Roud 921; Henry H110)
  4. Dick Mooney’s Daughter (Roud 2902)
  5. In Praise of John Magee (Roud 2899)
  6. Lovely Jane from Enniskea (Roud 2901)

Sleeve Notes

Co. Fermanagh, in the south-west corner of Northern Ireland, is rightly famous for its singers and musicians.

Few people know the music of this area better than Robin Morton. A singer and musician himself, from neighbouring Co. Armagh, he has spent several years collecting extensively throughout Ulster, and his previous publications—a book and two LPs compiled from his field recordings—reflect the richness and diversity of Fermanagh’s musical traditions.

Outstanding among the singers he has met there is John Maguire, from Rosslea, whose large repertoire includes many songs rarely heard outside Fermanagh. A teller of songs is how Robin describes him, and certainly his gentle yet direct narrative style of singing achieves remarkable effects, often reminiscent of those produced by master story-tellers. Uncluttered and compelling, it is a style which places John Maguire firmly in the front rank of Irish singers.

All the songs on this record, together with many more from John Maguire’s repertoire, appear in the book Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday—an account of John Maguire’s life told in his own words, edited by Robin Morton and published, to coincide with the release of this record, by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd.