Stylistically diverse with unexpected twists and turns that take you on a remarkable journey. This voyage is packed with atmosphere, passion and superior musicianship. Water Journeys are represented in each piece of music on this album - either within the lyrics or in the tunes that were played on the ships in the old days. Notes on the individual tracks: 1. OLD HAG, YOU HAVE KILLED ME (Traditional, arranged by Aaron Solomon) A medley of traditional Irish tunes (Old Hag, You Have Killed Me/ Whelan's Jig/ Peter O'Byrne's Fancy) that build like an approaching Celtic army. The vocals at the end remind us how the Celts used to stick decapitated heads onto their fences in the belief that the heads would scream whenever enemies came near. Eist! 2. FARE THEE WELL, ENNISKILLEN (Traditional, arranged by Aaron Solomon) "Enniskillen" is a large town in Northern Ireland. A "dragoon" is a mounted infantry soldier. Many Irish soldiers fought in Spain during the Peninsular War (1808-1814) against Napoleon and the French Empire. 3. RIVER SONG (Aaron Solomon/Lori Ference) Sometimes where you are, though comfortable in it's familiarity, becomes stagnant. Then you have to decide if you should stay or follow a new path, unsure where it will take you. 4. DICK GOSSIP'S REEL/WALKER STREET (Traditional, arranged by Aaron Solomon) A couple of traditional Irish tunes done in an untraditional way. 5. EMPRESS OF IRELAND (Aaron Solomon/Lori Ference) The Empress of Ireland was a Canadian Pacific ocean liner. While sailing down the St. Lawrence River on May 29th, 1914, sometime after 2 AM, she collided with another ship, the Norwegian collier Storstad. The Empress sank in 14 minutes. Out of 1477 passengers and crew they lost 1012 people, 8 more than were lost on the Titanic. This was Canada's deadliest maritime disaster. Possibly because it happened two years after the Titanic went down and two months before World War 1 started, the tragedy of the Empress of Ireland seems to get buried in this eventful historical period and is too often forgotten. 6. WHISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST (Traditional, music arranged by Aaron Solomon, lyrics by Mike Cross (c) Vic-Ray Publishing (ASCAP). This is a standard instrumental that people in the folk circles play. Mike Cross did a great job of putting lyrics to it. 7. ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN (Traditional, arranged by Aaron Solomon) This traditional Irish song is usually sung a capella, but is brought to life with instruments in this lively version. 8. MONEY MUSK (Traditional, arranged by Aaron Solomon) There have certainly been a lot of claims as to the origin of this tune. Not adding to these arguments, it's simply a favorite. 9. CASTAWAY (Aaron Solomon/Lori Ference) Feelings of desperation and drama prevail in this modern theatrical rock song. 10. TRAIGHLI BAY (Al Parrish) The writer of this song, Al Parrish, reasoned that if pirating was so unprofitable as songs and stories make out, nobody would have bothered trying it at all. Here's a song in testament to the pirates and their efforts. 11. LOWER THE SAILS (Dave Stone) A Nova Scotia song created as a wistful tribute to an old ship evoking the irretrievable loss felt by her sailors in her dismantlement.