Come Ye Back
This project celebrates the lives and heritage of my Irish kin near and far. I honor those closest to me: my mother, Betty, my brothers, Kevin and Danny, and my sisters Bridget, Sheila and Patsy. I also honor the life of my father, now deceased, my "da," James Patrick Shannon. In 1910, my grandmother Anna O'Donnell Shannon "crossed the pond" from Ireland to America. She never saw her family again. "Her Dungloe", on this CD is her story. Eighty-six years later I returned to Ireland for her. That is when I began gathering the songs on this collection. A long journey it has been. But, along the way I've discovered more about what it means to be an Irish-American. For Anna and all those who left their loved ones behind: "come ye back...welcome home".