Postlude . . .  

To all who came out on a brisk ides of March to hear “Songs of the Wandering Aengus” performed by the Maud Gonne Musical Society, you were a wonderful audience. (My apologies to the few who had to stand because we ran short of chairs.)

Our musicians were gratified by the enthusiasm you showed, especially for the new musical settings of the five Yeats poems. I’ve included the lead sheets at the foot of this post; feel free to enjoy these for yourself. I think my favorite is The White Birds; however, our flute player most enjoyed The Lake Isle of Innisfree—the interlude caught her fancy.

It seems we all found a bit of Irish cheer to carry into St. Paddy’s Day. Laura’s whistling on Danny Boy haunts me still. For the record, this was our playlist:

1. Let There Be Love (Ian Grant/Lionel Rand)
2. Song of the Wandering Aengus (W. B. Yeats/Music J. M. O’Leary)
3. The White Birds (W. B. Yeats/Music J. M. O’Leary)
4. The Rose Tree (W. B. Yeats/Music J. M. O’Leary)
5. The Lake Isle of Innisfree (W. B. Yeats/Music J. M. O’Leary)
6. When You Are Old (W. B. Yeats/Music J. M. O’Leary)
7. Love’s Old Sweet Song (G. Clifton Bingham/James Lynam Molloy/Arr. J. M. O’Leary)
8. Meet Me Down At Micky’s (Lyrics J. M. O’Leary/Music J. M. O’Leary & C. E. Eakins)
9. Blue Moon (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers)
10. Danny Boy (Fred Weatherly/Traditional)
11. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (Chauncey Olcott & George Graff, Jr./Ernest Ball)
12. The Parting Glass (Traditional/Arr. J. M. O’Leary)
13. (Encore) Evansville Is Calling (Come on Home) (Words & Music J. M. O’Leary)

Special thanks to John Hendricks and Art “The Dude” Woodward (, fellow creatives and collaborators, for shooting and sharing their photos of this event. Special thanks also to Michael Woodall for his invaluable assistance in room setup, hospitality, and audio tweaking with help from Nathan Tester. The Maud Gonne Musical Society is: John Michael O’Leary, piano and vocals; David Tester, guitar and bass; Bret Birkhead, flugelhorn; and Laura Beth O’Leary, flute.


Lead Sheet for The Lake Isle of Innisfree. Lyrics by William Butler Yeats; Music ©2017 J.M. O'Leary.

Lead Sheet for When You Are Old, a musical setting of the poem by WB Yeats.

Lead sheet for Song of the Wandering Aengus. Lyrics by WB Yeats/Music ©2017 J.M. O'Leary

Lead sheet for The Rose Tree, lyrics by WB Yeats/Music ©2017 J.M. O'Leary





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