Legacy of a Quiet Man

Sinéad Stone & Gerard Farrelly


Legacy of a Quiet Man By Sinead Stone and Gerard Farrelly - Sinéad Stone is one of Ireland’s finest singers. Sinéad and musician Gerard Farrelly have recorded their highly acclaimed debut album, “Legacy of a Quiet Man”.

The album includes such songs as the classic “Isle Of Innisfree” - theme of the film, “The Quiet Man”, the sublime “We Dreamed Our Dreams” and many other songs by Dick Farrelly, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed songwriters.

Gerard’s musical backing is creative, sensitive and understated, allowing the Dublin singer the space to wrap the full tonal range and colour of her truly exquisite voice around each song. Sinéad’s voice is especially suited to songs of the Irish tradition, and it shines through on this album.

Sinead Stone & Gerard  Farrelly"These are Irish songs as they should be, a blend of tradition, poetry and soul"
Seamus Mahon (The Meath Chronicle)

"The result is nothing less than magical"
Colum Sands (BBC Northern Ireland)

Richard Farrelly (1916 - 1990), learned to play piano as a young boy and was writing songs and poetry by the time he reached his teens. At the age of twenty-three.
Dick, as he was better known, was a gentle and quiet man, who rarely sought notoriety or publicity for his musical creations. Hence, our title, 'Legacy Of A Quiet Man', refers to his association with the film, The Quiet Man, but more so to the unassuming personality and creativity of Dick, who penned more than two hundred songs and poems in his lifetime. Songs like Seolta Bána & Siobhán, were just two little gems, which we found amongst a bundle of manuscripts in an old suitcase belonging to him.
In 1948, Dick had his first big success with If You Ever Fall In Love Again. The song was a hit for Anne Shelton in the UK, and for Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra in the US. He had several successful songs during the fifties, amongst them, his lovely ballad, Cottage by the Lee, popularised by Joe Lynch and The Rose of Slievenamon, recorded by Joseph Locke.
However the song for which Dick is best remembered is of course, The Isle of Innisfree. The inspiration for the song came to Dick while on a bus journey from his native Kells to Dublin, and by the time he reached his destination, the words and music of The Isle of Innisfree were complete. Before going to bed that night he put the song down safely on manuscript. In Dick's own words "I used Isle of Innisfree as another name for Ireland and it was Ireland I had in mind when I wrote the song" With poignant words the song expresses the longing of an Irish emigrant for his native land.
The Isle of Innisfree was a huge international hit for Bing Crosby in 1952, giving Crosby his biggest chart success in the UK. Dublin band leaders voted it their number one tune of the year and it is interesting to note that it sold over 150,000 copies in sheet music format in Ireland and England alone.
Film director John Ford was so taken by The Isle of Innisfree that he decided to use it as the principle musical theme for The Quiet Man. The melody almost totally dominates the soundtrack, being reprised at least seven times. It is first heard as the credits roll, with a beautiful scene of Lough Corrib and Ashford Castle in the background at sunset. The melody becomes the love theme for Sean Thornton (John Wayne) and Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara), and is wonderfully orchestrated by Victor Young.
To quote author, Prof. Des McHale, in his book, 'The Complete guide To The Quiet Man', "Its lush tone is fairy music, released from another world by the genius of Richard Farrelly. Sadly, he received no mention in the screen credits for the vital contribution he made to the movie, but The Quiet Man wouldn't have been half the movie it was without The Isle of Innisfree".
In 1982, Stephen Spielberg included it in his film ET, when a scene from The Quiet man is shown, and Innisfree is also used in the soundtrack of the film, Distant Voices Still Lives (1988).
The Isle of Innisfree has been recorded hundreds of times worldwide and continues to enrich the repertoires of innumerable artists, but above all, it endures in the hearts of many to this day as one of the great songs of Ireland.
Dick wrote We Dreamed our Dreams just a few years before he died, and it was one of his personal favourites. The Fureys & Davey Arthur, made the first recording of it on an album entitled The Scattering, released in 1988.
We spent many enjoyable hours sifting through Dick's manuscripts and songs, some of which were jotted down on the backs of envelopes and bits of notepaper. We actually had difficulty in choosing eleven of our favourites for this album, some of which are recorded here for the first time.
Sinead Stone & Gerard Farrelly

"Any fan of the classic film The Quiet Man is familiar with that haunting melody which frames the unforgettable shots of Maureen O'Hara. The song, 'The Isle of Innisfree', was written by Dick Farrelly in 1950. Now more than half a century later, his son, pianist Gerard Farrelly, has released it again with exquisite vocals by Sinead Stone. Legacy of A Quiet Man offers a new take on the song and the entire album, arranged and produced by Farrelly as a tribute to his father, is filled with familiar classics.
Stone whose vocal presence is both solid yet vulnerable, performs all the songs spectacularly. (The duo played at maureen O'Hara's induction ceremony at the Irish America Hall of Fame at the Dunbrody Famine Ship in County Wexford in July, and were a huge hit.) In addition to 'The Isle of Innisfree' other highlights on the album are 'When Today is Yesterday' and 'The Gypsy Maiden'. The latter is one of the few up-tempo songs on the album, which is a welcome change of pace as much of the delicacy of the album lends itself to tear-jerking moments. Overall, the album is an emotional journey and as a tribute to father from son, it feels very personal."

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