They consist of one 12-string guitar, one flute, and vocals. These were recorded "live" in a studio on separate tracks, but all in one take, as they would sound live onstage.
The Fields of Athenry: a very sad and popular Irish song about an Irish rebel leaving his love behind, and based on a true story.
The Giant: a Maritime song by the great Stan Rogers, whose ashes are spread off the coast of Nova Scotia. It refers to the giant Fingal, who was brought to the Americas in spirit by Celtic sailors who shipped on the Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes.
Shenandoah: An early American tune said to be based on a Celtic melody. It is about a Scotsman who is trying to find the Indian chief, Shenandoah, to ask for his daughter's hand in marriage. It was quite common for Indian princesses to be married to Scotsmen.
Johnny Cope: The words to this song were written in 1746, after the Scottish '45. Johnny Cope was an English general sent to "cope" with Bonnie Prince Charlie. He sent Charlie a note telling him to be ready to "go to the coals" in the morning. Charlie called his bluff and Johnny scurried back to England leaving his men behind to be defeated; another true story.
Loch Lomond: Perhaps one of the prettiest and saddest of Scottish songs. When a Celtic warrior was wounded in battle, his spirit would return home underground before his fellow soldiers. Thus, the singer is mortally wounded and singing that he will take the low road and his friends will take the high road, yet he'll be in Scotland before them. However, he will never be able to meet his love at Loch Lomond again.
Bridget O'Malley: This song takes place about three miles south of Londonderry in an obscure place called Drumslieve. The singer has lost his love, Bridget, but it is unclear if it is to another man, or to death. It is such a heartfelt, sad song.
Black and Tan: This is a song being sung by an Irelander about their father who, when he got a little drunk, would challenge the English soldiers to come and "fight me like a man."
Danny Boy: This song was originally an instrumental, an air or lament about the O'Cahan chief losing his land. Supposedly the O'Cahan harpist went into a cave for two days and came out with this song. It was called "O'Cahan's Lament" for a long time, then became "Londonderry Air", since it was an "air" or lament song, and the O'Cahan's lived just outside Londonderry, in Dungiven. Eventually, words were added to the melody to make this song, said to be the most requested song in history."