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Mary currently has released ten CDs of general interest,  A Celtic Journey, Kids' Songs and LullabiesAmerican Pie, Amazing Grace, Christmas Songs from Many LandsFields of Athenry, Lilting Lullabies, Silly Stories in Song, The Foggy Dew and her latest CD, Over in the Meadow This latest album features an amusing collection of children’s songs that have been enjoyed by children for generations. Children’s favorites include Mary Had a Little Lamb, Yankee Doodle, Frère Jacques, Polly Wolly Doodle, Down by the Station, If You’re Happy and You Know It (with sound effects!), and Looby Loo. Other popular tunes include The Orchestra Song, Pop Goes the Weasel (listen for the pops!), Oh! Susana and The Bear Came Over the Mountain (listen for the bear tromping along).

Several of the songs on The Foggy Dew are laments on the human condition including the title song that commemorates the 1916 Easter rebellion against British rule, Carrickfergus, Loch Lomond and MacPherson’s Rant. Songs about love, certainly a common Irish theme but also a popular topic for Scottish songs, include Galway City, Rambling Irishman, The Shearing, For Ireland I Won’t Tell Her Name, I Know My Love, Tir Na nOg, and the “coming of age in Ulster” song, I’ll Tell Me Ma. Also included here is a very different interpretation of the Shetland Islands tune Peerie House and the lullaby Connemara Cradle Song. And anyone who has had a difficult boss can relate to the song The Shores of Botany Bay. However, Paddy’s solution, many will agree, was a bit radical.

A Celtic Journey, which was her first Celtic CD, features Irish songs along with some tracks from Scotland and Wales. Irish favorites here like Danny Boy and An Irish Lullaby plus tracks by Irish Baroque composer Turlough O'Carolan can be heard. Also featured here is the Welsh lullaby Suo Gan popularized by the movie Empire in the Sun. Her second Celtic CD, The Fields of Athenry,  features the title tune by Pete St. John along with other popular songs like Farewell to Nova Scotia, The Ash Grove and Where the Blarney Roses Grow.

Mary also has serveral CDs for children. Lilting Lullabies provides soothing music to help little ones go to sleep and providing peace and quite for the new parents. Many of the songs are traditional including favorites like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Mozart’s Lullaby and All the Pretty Little Horses. There are also four original compositions written by Mary.

Kids' Songs and Lullabies, another children's CD, includes songs for both very young and somewhat older children. Lullabies include All Through the Night, The Skye Boat Song, Hush Little Baby, and The Castle of Dromore. For older children, Coulter's Candy, Bingo, Grandfather's Clock and The Crawdad Song can be heard along with other selections.

Another compilation of Children's music, Silly Stories in Song, features some truly inane selections such as Fooba Wooba John, Alice the Camel, Reuben and Rachel, and Froggie Went a Courtin’. Somewhat more rational but still very enjoyable tunes include the Civil War favorite Goober Peas, Stephen Foster’s Camptown Races, and the “educational” song The Sailor’s Alphabet.

American Pie features the Don McLean song of the same title and a wide variety of earlier American songs that include Battle Hymn of the Republic, Sloop John B, Shenandoah, and a medley of songs by George M. Cohan. The Cat Came Back, a highly amusing song about an indestructible cat, can also be heard.

Amazing Grace, perhaps not surprisingly, contains the track of the same name along with a collection of other sacred favorites. Two of the most ancient songs are in Gregorian chant, The Magnificat and Salve Regina, and along with Be Thou My Vision, date from medieval times. Other somewhat newer tracks include For the Beauty of the Earth, How Can I Keep from Singing and Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod).  Holy Manna, sung in the style of the Sacred Harp tradition is another track on the CD. The Shaker tune Simple Gifts can also be heard with several new verses.

Christmas Songs from Many Lands includes favorites like Silent Night, Angels We Have Heard on High and a unique version of Still, Still, Still interspersed
with Pachelbel's Canon.

All of these CDs are available from CD Baby and may be purchased at the special 3 for $15 price.

One other CD, Songs for the Sacraments of Initiation, consists of songs written by Father Cleo Schmenk and is intended to prepare second graders for First Communion. Text and graphics are also available to accompany this CD at fathercleo.net.

Individual tracks can be downloaded at a variety of digital music sources including iTunes, Napster, Amazon.com, and  soundclick.com.