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The bells of San Marie

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The Bells of San Marie dates from 1919. A foursquare four-bar introduction doesn't bode well, but the ballad style of this simple bell-haunted song about the delights of a mythical seaport ensured for it a lengthy popularity. Ireland here returned to poetry by John Masefield in familiar salt-encrusted mood. The 'sonsie seamen' look forward to San Marie's main attractions—drink and campanology. Happily, bell-ringing and beer-drinking remain companion pursuits to this day. Or so they say.

from notes by Andrew Green © 1999


Ireland: Songs
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Track-specific metadata for CDA67261/2 disc 2 track 20

Recording date
1 September 1998
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Mike Clements & Mike Hatch
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  1. Ireland: Songs (CDA67261/2)
    Disc 2 Track 20
    Release date: June 1999
    2CDs Last few CD copies remaining
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