Welcome to Mary Behan
Mary currently has
released ten CDs of general interest, A Celtic Journey, Kids' Songs and Lullabies,
American Pie, Amazing Grace, Christmas Songs from
Many Lands, Fields 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
Several of the songs on The Foggy Dew are laments on the human
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
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
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,