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Ballintubber Abbey

from Prodigal Light by Amy Denio / Spoot Music



Words and music by Amy Denio.
I saw a gravestone in Ireland, at the bottom was writ 'there are so many songs to sing' and I had very strong visions. For the next two weeks I'd burst into tears when I remembered that phrase on the grave. Wrote this song to stop the crying jag.


At the Ballintubber Abbey
I stood before a grave
‘Twas a man who died at 50 years young
And the music his soul did save

His name was Mick Cuffe, adored by friends
‘Twas writ upon the stone
May you rest in peace; we love you dear –
There are so many songs to sing

And all the bells did ring
With the beauty you did bring
May you rest in peace, we love you dear
There are so many songs to sing

I can see you now with friends all round
And you’re singing that lovely song
‘Tis the music that illuminates the soul
When the body’s long gone

Now that you are gone, we’ll raise a toast
To the friendship that you rang
Fare thee well, your voice has touched us dear
With the many songs you sang



from Prodigal Light, released November 12, 2013
Amy Denio: accordion, clarinet, voice, field recording of thunderstorm and church bells in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Madeleine Sosin: violin
Abel Rocha: cuatro, voice

Amy's voice and clarinet were recorded at Spoot Studios in West Seattle, and everything else was recorded at Soli Sound in West Seattle by Mell Dettmer. Mastered by Mell Dettmer.


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Amy Denio / Spoot Music Seattle, Washington

Amy Denio is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer, singer and music producer based in Seattle, WA. She's been commissioned to compose for dance, theater and film, and has received numerous grants and fellowships and collaborated with artists worldwide.

She has performed at festivals, clubs, schools, prisons, social centers and ruins throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
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