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Photos from our Ireland spiritual retreat by Sr. Julia Mohr
History of Danny Boy
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Sung by Will Nichols, baritone

Danny Boy



Oh, Danny boy, the pipes,
the pipes are calling
from glen to glen,


and down the mountain side.       



The summer's gone, and all the roses falling,
  It's you, it's you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer's in the meadow,

  Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow,
It's I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow,—
  Oh, Danny boy, O Danny boy, I love you so!

But when ye come, and all the flowers are dying,
  If I am dead, as dead I well may be,
Ye'll come and find the place where I am lying,
  And kneel and say an Avè there for me.

And I shall hear,
though soft you tread above me,
  And all my grave will warmer, sweeter be,
For you will bend and tell me that you love me,
  And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me!


These photos were taken during our Journey to the Edge spiritual retreat in June 2004 by Sr. Julia Mohr.  We appreciate her talents and her willingness to share them with you.

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The History of
Danny Boy

When doing a search for information about Danny Boy, I uncovered some interesting possible history for this song at

The host of the site,  Michael Robinson claims that according to his research of printed music, the original melody may have originated in either Ireland, Scotland, or possibly even England.  The best known title for this melody is Londonderry Air (sometimes also called the Tune from County Derry).  He claims there are over 100 lyrics that have been set to this melody with Danny Boy being the most significant.  .  

According to Mr. Robinson, a Mrs. Weatherly was residing in California and heard some gold miners singing the melody.  Taken by its beauty, she sent it to her brother, Frederic Edward Weatherly in England in 1912.  Mr. Weatherly was a lawyer, song writer and entertainer.  In 1910, he had written an unsuccessful song which he entitled Danny Boy. 

He was quite surprised to discover that the melody sent by his sister was a perfect vehicle for his words to Danny Boy.  Taking the new melody, he published a revised version in 1913.

According to Mr. Robinson, we have an "Irish" melody written by an Englishman who never set foot in Ireland. 


 Our Performing Artists


Will Nichols


Tony Patterson


Gary Padden


A. Wakenhut
Celtic Harp


G. Wakenhut
Irish Flute


We were blessed with the presence of some very talented musicians the evening we made this recording.  We wish to thank them for their gifts to our work.

Will Nichols and Tony Patterson are both on the music faculty at Alma College, Alma, Michigan. 

Will is the Secrest Professor of Music and Director of the Alma College Choirs and his groups are recognized as some of the best collegiate ensembles in the country. He is also in demand as a baritone/bass soloist.

Tony is Artist-in-Residence and Staff Accompanist at Alma College and writes arrangements for the choral ensembles.  He is also recognized as a piano soloist and has two recordings to his credit.   

They are well known to those who desire our recordings.  Will's vocals are featured on the All Thru the Night recording and Tony's arranging and keyboard skills are in evidence on the Reverence and The Earth Remembers recordings.

Gary Padden is one of our talented neighbors and the bass man for the Gravel Ridge ensemble.  Professionally, he has a chiropractic practice in Lakeview.  His important presence is found on our Reverence and Earth Remembers CDs. 

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