Singing has always’ been very
important to me from a very small child[5 years of age] taking part in
talent competitions the first song "For the Memories"
written about 20 years ago says it all.
Chriss & I first arrived in Listowel back in 1988 in a seven and a
half ton camper (see photos).
This came about after meeting a party of musicians and dancers from the
Listowel area at the Cornish Pan Celtic held in Perranporth in October
1987.In 1988 Sean McCarthy was over with the Kerry Party and we had
many a conversation, and happy memories, where he delighted us with his
impromptu songs and stories. Hence “In Shame love”
has been included, in which he relates the true story of his sister.
Thankfully times have changed.
In the early nineties there was a regular session in the Listowel Arms
with Mickey MacConnell and friends.This is where I first sang “Only our
Rivers” in Ireland, not realizing that your man was the man who wrote
it ! So I wanted to include one of his songs hence “Follow
the Flag”, for his friendship and support.
Back in August 1988 in Connors’bar Doolin is where I first let my voice
out in Ireland. The songs were “As she moved through the
Fair”( never before had the experience of silence been so
frightening) and "Sally Gardens". These two
just had to be included.
The "Kerry Casanova" was inspired
by watching life! I wrote this song in 2000.
"Pour Another whisky",
again transpired from people watching and was written about 10 years
"Across the Glen" was written as a
direct result of conversations with neighbours and friends about the
way some of us feel about the Afforestation of Co Kerry and the impact
on the quality of country life and maybe tourism. I wrote this August
2005 as yet another 18 hectares[50 acres] was sold to forestry in
The Blues has always been one of my favourite styles of music so that’s
why 4 Blues numbers that I sing regularly
"Raglan Road", "Come by The Hills" & "Lullaby"
all have special meaning to me and that’s why they are included.
Choosing 15 tracks out of my repertoire was quite difficult I do hope
you like the ones I have chosen. Hazel.
Produced by: Hazel White / Eddie Lee.
Vocals and Guitar: Hazel White.
Additional Guitars,Mandolin and Bass: Ronnie Ryan.
Bass and Acoustic Guitar: Eddie Lee.
Sleeve Design: Eddie Lee.
Recorded at Jenny
Wren Studios, Ballyheigue, Co.Kerry.
Engineered by Eddie Lee.