HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Fortuna) Patrick Ball – The Celtic Harp, Vol. 1-4

“Is there anything sadder in this world of ours than poverty of words?”
— an Irish storyteller
This statement may seem to us today a curious one to make, as we can all immediately think of something infinitely more sad. Yet, the man who made it was not speaking lightly, nor was he speaking figuratively. He lived in an Ireland which was cruelly burdened by poverty and oppression, where sadnesses and deprivations were legion. Yet, to him the lack of words was an unimaginable loss. For in words, in stories nurtured and spoken, he not only found light and warmth, laughter and exaltation, he found the very continuation of his culture, of his land, of himself.”
—Patrick Ball

Composer: Various
Performer: Patrick Ball
Vinyl 1982/1983/1985/1992
Number of Discs: 4
Format: FLAC
Label: Fortuna
DR-Analysis: DR 11/11/12/11

Size: 1.66 GB/1.76 GB/1.97 GB/1.8 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

Patrick Ball was born and raised in California and gave little thought to such things as where his ancestors came from. He went to school and supposed, when he thought about it at all, that he would one day be a lawyer, like his father. But he studied music from time to time and over the years developed a nodding acquaintance with the piano and the guitar. At university he continued his flirtatious relationship with music by playing the tin whistle, principally to annoy his roommate. But at this time he found that he was irresistibly drawn to words, to the music of words, to writers who made words sing, to writers from Ireland.

Then, when he began to study history to fulfill his academic requirements, he was not surprised to find that it was the lyrical, turbulent history of Ireland that engaged him. So much so, in fact, that when his father died all his thoughts of law school died with him. He enrolled in graduate school and soon made his way to Ireland. There he fell in love with the eloquence and fire of the Irish oral tradition. There he fell in love with the Celtic harp. And there a few pieces of his life fell into place. For he came to know that marvelous unity of Irish words, music and history that would become his passion and, eventually, his livelihood.

Patrick returned to California, was awarded a Master’s Degree in History by Dominican College, and soon discovered that jobs in the field of Irish scholarship were not to be had for love nor money. So after laboring in various unrewarding lines of work he set off hitchhiking around the country and finally fetched up at Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where he lived for two years and worked as a groundsman. There he encountered a branch of that living oral tradition that had captivated him in Ireland. And there for him, among the Appalachian storytellers, his love of the spoken word was rekindled.

He now tours extensively throughout the United States and Canada, is considered one of the premier Celtic harpers and storytellers in the world today, and has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over one-half million copies collectively and earned national awards in both the music and spoken word categories.

Along with Celtic Harp and Story, his beguiling blend of music and spoken word concerts, Patrick has also written and currently performs two solo musical theater pieces: O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music, which brings to the stage the legendary life, the turbulent times and the glorious music of Ireland’s most celebrated and beloved musician, Turlough O’Carolan, and The Fine Beauty of the Island, a musical journey to Ireland’s legendary Blasket Islands in search of a deeply haunting tune and the vanished islanders who played it.
Patrick has been awarded grants for his work by the Zellerbach Family Fund and the California Arts Council and is the recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association.


Tracklist Vol. 1 (1983)

A1 Carolan’s Quarrel With The Landlady 2:28
A2 Maurice O’Connor 1:32
A3 Blind Mary 3:33
A4 Carolan’s Receipt For Drinking 2:52
A5 Carolan’s Ramble To Cashel 2:42
A6 Carolan’s Welcome 3:19
A7 Young William Plunkett 2:22
A8 George Brabazon 1:40
B1 Lady Athenry / Fanny Poer 4:35
B2 Give Me Your Hand 2:26
B3 Lady Maxwell 0:50
B4 Dermott O’Dowd / The Queen’s Dream 3:17
B5 Mrs. Judge 1:59
B6 Carolan’s Farewell To Music 4:55
B7 Sheebeg Sheemore 3:04


Tracklist Vol. 2 (1983)

A1 Come Live With Me And Be My Love 2:25
A2 Greensleeves 2:52
A3 The Blackthorn Stick 2:32
A4 Down By The Sea 2:26
A5 John O’Connor 1:59
A6 The Grenadier And The Lady 2:30
A7 Londonderry Air 2:20
A8 The Ram On Arthur’s Mountain/Lullabye 4:52
B1 Three Ravens 2:55
B2 The Road To Lisdonvarna/The Lark On The Strand 2:30
B3 The Munster Cloak 1:44
B4 The Star Of Country Down 3:01
B5 Ode To Whiskey 1:35
B6 Dr. John Hart 2:55
B7 Caitlin Triall/Farewell 3:04
B8 The Ash Grove 3:59


Tracklist Vol. 3 (1985)

A1 Planxty Burke / Bumper Squire Jones 4:24
A2 Carrickfergus 3:34
A3 Susie McGuire / Bridget Geary 4:20
A4 Lord Inchiquin 4:07
A5 Carolan’s Favorite Jig 3:07
A6 Song Of The Water Kelpie / The Sheep Under The Snow 5:18
B1 Planxty Irwin 3:20
B2 The Foggy Dew 3:37
B3 Squire Wood’s Lamentation 4:52
B4 Carolan’s Concerto 3:31
B5 Eleanor Plunkett 3:57
B6 Dark Women Of The Glen 4:53


Tracklist Vol. 4 (1992) Mastered by Bernie Grundman

A1 The Butterfly 2:25
A2 Morgan Magan 3:38
A3 Carolan’s Dream 4:06
A4 Carolan’s Draught 2:52
A5 The Orange Rogue 2:27
A6 Mabel Kelly 4:18
A7 Cremonea 2:59
B1 Coilsfield House 3:32
B2 Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament 3:56
B3 La Valse Pour Les Petites Jeunes Filles 2:30
B4 Bridget Cruise 4:24
B5 Thomas Burke 3:22
B6 Miss Rowan Davies 3:54


Analyzed Folder: /192k Patrick Ball – Celtic Harp 1_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR11 -2.50 dB -16.82 dB A1 Carolan’s Quarrel With The Landlady.flac
DR10 -3.41 dB -17.08 dB A2 Maurice O’Connor.flac
DR11 -2.68 dB -18.21 dB A3 Blind Mary.flac
DR10 -3.21 dB -16.30 dB A4 Carolan’s Receipt For Drinking.flac
DR11 -2.44 dB -17.66 dB A5 Carolan’s Ramble To Cashel.flac
DR11 -1.68 dB -17.46 dB A6 Carolan’s Welcome.flac
DR11 -3.62 dB -19.10 dB A7 Young William Plunkett.flac
DR11 -5.50 dB -20.94 dB A8 George Brabazon.flac
DR11 -3.71 dB -17.78 dB B1 Lady Athenry-Fanny Poer.flac
DR10 -3.52 dB -18.30 dB B2 Give Me Your Hand.flac
DR11 -5.13 dB -20.54 dB B3 Lady Maxwell.flac
DR11 -2.47 dB -17.26 dB B4 Dermott O’Dowd-The Queen’s Dream.flac
DR12 -3.56 dB -18.50 dB B5 Mrs. Judge.flac
DR13 -3.35 dB -20.98 dB B6 Carolan’s Farewell To Music.flac
DR11 -3.40 dB -19.03 dB B7 Sheebeg Sheemore.flac

Number of Files: 15
Official DR Value: DR11


Analyzed Folder: /192k Patrick Ball – Celtic Harp 2_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR11 -2.43 dB -17.00 dB A1 Come Live With Me And Be My Love.flac
DR11 -0.43 dB -16.19 dB A2 Greensleeves.flac
DR11 -1.86 dB -15.21 dB A3 The Blackthorn Stick.flac
DR12 -1.77 dB -18.45 dB A4 Down By The Sea.flac
DR11 -1.39 dB -14.22 dB A5 John O’Connor.flac
DR11 -1.27 dB -15.69 dB A6 The Grenadier And The Lady.flac
DR11 -0.99 dB -14.91 dB A7 Londonderry Air.flac
DR12 -0.63 dB -15.55 dB A8 The Ram On Arthur’s Mountain-Lullabye.flac
DR12 -5.95 dB -21.38 dB B1 Three Ravens.flac
DR11 -1.65 dB -15.40 dB B2 The Road To Lisdonvarna-The Lark On The Strand.flac
DR11 -3.40 dB -16.59 dB B3 The Munster Cloak.flac
DR12 -2.16 dB -18.03 dB B4 The Star Of Country Down.flac
DR11 -0.13 dB -14.61 dB B5 Ode To Whiskey.flac
DR11 -1.10 dB -15.11 dB B6 Dr. John Hart.flac
DR11 -1.02 dB -15.63 dB B7 Caitlin Triall-Farewell.flac
DR11 -2.12 dB -15.73 dB B8 The Ash Grove.flac

Number of Files: 16
Official DR Value: DR11


Analyzed Folder: /192k Patrick Ball – Celtic Harp 3_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR11 -1.51 dB -15.70 dB A1 Planxty Burke-Bumper Squire Jones.flac
DR12 -2.11 dB -19.85 dB A2 Carrickfergus.flac
DR11 -0.79 dB -15.17 dB A3 Susie McGuire-Bridget Geary.flac
DR11 -1.02 dB -15.19 dB A4 Lord Inchiquin.flac
DR11 -0.89 dB -15.76 dB A5 Carolan’s Favorite Jig.flac
DR12 -2.56 dB -18.79 dB A6 Song Of The Water Kelpie-The Sheep Under The Snow.flac
DR11 -0.53 dB -14.58 dB B1 Planxty Irwin.flac
DR13 -2.09 dB -19.26 dB B2 The Foggy Dew.flac
DR12 -2.21 dB -17.00 dB B3 Squire Wood’s Lamentation.flac
DR11 -0.62 dB -15.27 dB B4 Carolan’s Concerto.flac
DR13 -2.27 dB -19.55 dB B5 Eleanor Plunkett.flac
DR12 -1.64 dB -18.89 dB B6 Dark Women Of The Glen.flac

Number of Files: 12
Official DR Value: DR12


Analyzed Folder: /192k Patrick Ball – Celtic Harp 4_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR12 -0.90 dB -17.28 dB A1 The Butterfly.flac
DR11 -2.97 dB -16.64 dB A2 Morgan Magan.flac
DR12 -2.74 dB -18.48 dB A3 Carolan’s Dream.flac
DR11 -1.70 dB -15.96 dB A4 Carolan’s Draught.flac
DR11 -1.42 dB -15.54 dB A5 The Orange Rogue.flac
DR11 -1.59 dB -16.50 dB A6 Mabel Kelly.flac
DR12 -0.29 dB -15.96 dB A7 Cremonea.flac
DR11 -0.41 dB -16.49 dB B1 Coilsfield House.flac
DR12 -1.70 dB -18.32 dB B2 Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament.flac
DR11 -2.06 dB -16.44 dB B3 La Valse Pour Les Petites Jeunes Filles.flac
DR12 -2.71 dB -19.34 dB B4 Bridget Cruise.flac
DR11 -1.04 dB -16.15 dB B5 Thomas Burke.flac
DR12 -3.05 dB -19.04 dB B6 Miss Rowan Davies.flac

Number of Files: 13
Official DR Value: DR11


Ripping Info


A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music 😀
I do not make rips for headphones!

  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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