Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday
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
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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.