The Lakes of Pontchartrain
Great Irish ballad. Maybe my favorite. The Lakes of Pontchartrain is thought to have originated from Irish immigrants in the South during the American Civil War. The Irish melody also could have been brought over by the hired British soldiers in the South, where the story involving an immigrant and a “Creole girl” would later be affixed to the classic melody. Lake Pontchartrain is in Louisiana, and is the second-largest saltwater lake in the U.S. This is a great version of the song. The singing is spot-on and the two musicians are perfectly in-sync from start to finish. Paul’s choice of hairstyle/glasses frames is rather unfortunate, though.
Paul Brady and Andy Irvine in 1977