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Now and Then is a combination of my very first album, “Collage,”
recorded in the early 1980’s, and some original songs I’ve written
in memory of and tribute to family, friends, and notable Irish men.
My grand-parents, George and Kathryn O’Neill, and my parents,
Richard and Miriam O’Neil, introduced me to the beautiful
St. Lawrence River before I could walk. “Ode to the St. Lawrence”
was written in their memories.
My grandmother, Margaret Cullen O’Neil, and her mother,
Emma Lockwood Cullen, instilled in me a love of music, parties,
and fun. “Honky Tonk Grandma” is theirs. Thank you to Jackie
Kaspersin, who gave me the idea for the song.
“The Vacation Song” is for my husband, Frank, who has always
let me be myself......even though I’m sure he has rolled his eyes
a few times.
“Col. Patrick O’Rorke” was the first Irish man to graduate from
West Point. His family moved to Rochester, NY, from Ireland
when Patrick was a lad. He led the brigade of Irish soldiers from
New York State that played a major role in winning the Battle at
Gettysburg. He was killed in that battle.
“Michael Collins” was the architect of the treaty that formed the
Republic of Ireland, although that agreement left the northern counties
still under the rule of England. Because of that treaty, some of his
closest supporters then turned against him and planned an ambush
of his car as he drove home to Clonakilty in Co. Cork to celebrate the
holidays. He was assassinated along the road and a small, white
cross now stands at the spot of the attack. He was nicknamed
“The Big Fellow.”
A special thank you to the “Clinking Choir,” who so generously
gave of their time and partied so that this CD could be possible.
Thank you also to the great assembly of family, friends, and
children who sang the background on the last verse of “Song for Judith.”
Hope you enjoy my music…….”Now and Then.”
Peg Dolan, acoustic guitar, bodhran, vocals, backing vocals
David Accorso drums
George Botticelli keyboards, backing vocals, bass
Jerry Brongo keyboards, Steinway piano
David Coons drums
Bill Goodness drums
Rick Johnson drums
Tom Johnson Steinway piano
Al Keltz acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel guitar
Ben Mac An Tuile mandolin, Irish whistles
Maeve Mac An Tuile bass
Carol Mulligan backing vocals
Chuck Parnell bass, backing vocals
Tom Price acoustic lead guitar, backing vocals
Kristine Seewagen background vocals
Recorded, Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by
Dave Kaspersin, Sharon Whaley, Aaron Ripley at Dynamic Recording, Rochester, NY
Producers: Peg Dolan, Dave Kaspersin, Aaron Ripley
Cover Artwork: Jeanne Ebert
Graphics and Layout: Jackie Kaspersin
“Now” photo: Alec Bischoff, Ultimate Images
Traycard photo of the St. Lawrence: Peg Dolan
“Then” photo of young Peg and Margaret Cullen O’Neil by
Peg’s father, Richard “Rich” O’Neil
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