Macushla by Dermot Macmurrough 1911

A very romantic little piece, Macushla, written by Dermot Macmurrough and lyrics by Josephine V. Rowe, was next in my father’s music.

It is very simple, but beautiful in that simplicity.

macushla(an Irish term of address expressing affection) darling

Emerald Isle, Hibernia, Ireland – an island comprising the republic of Ireland andNorthern Ireland
darling, dearie, deary, ducky, favorite, favourite, pet – a special loved one
 

Here is John McCormack’s performance of the piece, on vinyl.  Very high notes at its conclusion!

Dad sent me a little note after seeing this post…Dad’s own words…

“Isn’t Macushla just the prettiest little song? It was my Mom’s favourite,
that & Danny Boy. It is obvious those two young guys were singing in a
festival of music. Note they were both in a church and that’s where all
the festivals are held for the acoustics. You also heard the two finest
Lyric tenors, both Irishmen; John McCormack and James McCracken.. I just
loved these. Thanks, Kath. Now I know where to find them. PS Your Great
Grampa Elliot could sing every one of those songs, I believe, as well as we
heard them. He was solely the person who encouraged me to sing and used
to sing all these songs for us whenever we got together.”

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