After impressing Helen Creighton with his singing and repertoire, Angelo Dornan was asked to perform at the Second Annual Miramichi Folksong Festival in 1959. Norah’s version of this sweet, Irish broadside ballad is based on the recording made of Dornan at that event.
When first from sea I landed I had a roving mind,
I rambled undaunted my true love to find,
Then I met pretty Susan with her cheeks like the rose,
And her skin was like the lilies fair or the flower that grows,
And her skin was like the lilies fair or the flower that grows.
A long time I courted her ’til I wasted my store,
Her love turned to hatred because I was poor,
She said “I love another one whose fortune I’ll share,
So be gone from Pretty Susan, the pride of Kildare,
So be gone from Pretty Susan, the pride of Kildare.”
Broken-hearted next morning as I strolled by the way,
I met Pretty Susan with her young man so gay,
And as I passed by her with my heart full of care,
I sighed for Pretty Susan, the pride of Kildare,
I sighed for Pretty Susan, the pride of Kildare.
Once more to the ocean I’m resolved for to go,
I am bound for the Easter’d with my heart full of woe,
It’s there I’ll see pretty girls with jewels rare,
But there’s none like Pretty Susan the pride of Kildare,
But there’s none like Pretty Susan the pride of Kildare.
Source: Angelo Dornan of Elgin, New Brunswick
from Spinning Yarns,
released March 17, 2015
Norah Rendell on vocals, Brian Miller on guitar and Ailie Robertson on harp
Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Norah Rendell is a consummate musician that specializes in the traditional folk
songs and dance music of Ireland and Canada. Norah was named "Best Vocalist of the Year" by the Live Ireland Awards in 2011 and 2012 and was nominated for "Best Traditional Singer of the Year" by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2009....more