This week we’re back in the Emerald Isle with one of Rob’s favourites of all time: Spancil Hill. It’s a favourite as a beautiful song but also because of the true story behind it.
The song was written by a man named Michal Considine who was born near Spancil Hill around 1850. At the age of around 20 he emigrated to California in hopes of seeking his fortune. His main goal was to earn enough money to be able to bring his sweetheart out to join him so they could be married and start a new life together away from their childhood home that had been ravaged by famine.
3 years later, though, Michal fell ill and knew he didn’t have long to live. He wrote a poem about his home back in Ireland, lamenting that he will never be able to see it, or his love, again. He posted it to his nephew and died in 1873 at the age of 23.
It’s this beautifully sad story that has made Spancil Hill such a well known song; being covered by many of Ireland’s greatest artists including The Dubliners, The High Kings, The Corrs and many others…and now us!
Ireland has a bottomless wealth of beautiful and evocative traditional music, and we believe this is one of the best of the lot! We really hope you enjoy it too 🙂