Described by Parry as ‘the most beautiful tune in the world’, the traditional ‘Londonderry Air’ first appeared in print in the middle of the nineteenth century. The words most often associated with it, ‘O Danny boy’, are the work of Frederick E Weatherly. Paul Spicer has arranged it as Dreams of Derry
specially for this recording, giving full range to his harmonic imagination. At one point the score is marked ‘louden lots’ in homage to an earlier arranger, Percy Grainger.
from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1998