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Recorded in the College of Music at Bowling Green State University. Recording engineer: Mark Bunce. Produced by Bob Midden & Mark Bunce with the assistance of Mary Dennis.

1. Newry Town (2:54)
An outlaw pleases his wife by giving her the money he steals but she loses her valuable source of support when he's captured and meets his fate. Lead vocal & bodhran: Mary Dennis; backing vocal, whistle and bass: Bob Midden; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam.

2. Brennan on the Moor (2:52)
The traditional story of a clever man led astray by a cleverer woman. Lead vocal & bass: Bob Midden; backing vocals: Mary Dennis, Mark Bunce; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam; bodhran: Mary Dennis.

3. Cobbler's Daughter (2:24)
A troubling but perky song about a strange and tragic event in a young woman's life. Lead vocal & bodhran: Mary Dennis; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam; whistle: Bob Midden; arrangement derived from a recording by Kate Rusby.

4. The Thugamar Fein an Samradh Linn Set (4:21)
A haunting slow air followed by two jigs, the first, Blarney Pilgrim, made famous by the popular movie, Titanic, ending with Donneybrook Fair. Violin & bodhran: Mary Dennis; flute & bass guitar: Bob Midden; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam.

5. Green Grow the Rushes (3:42)
A lyrical love song, penned by renowned Scottish poet, Robert Burns, borrowing from the arrangement by Cherish the Ladies, dedicated in gratitude for the mentorship from the leader of that group, Joannie Madden. Lead vocal: Mary Dennis; backing vocals: Bob Midden, Mark Bunce; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam; bass guitar: Bob Midden; arrangement derived from a recording of Cherish the Ladies.

6. Star of the County Down (1:56)
A love song with rhythm and verve, which still retains its freshness and charm in spite of years of familiarity. Lead vocal, bass guitar & whistle: Bob Midden; backing vocals: Mary Dennis, Mark Bunce; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam.

7. Maid Behind the Bar Set (2:10)
Two reels: the first, Maid Behind the Bar, a lilting tribute to those who serve so we can imbibe; the second, a tune that belies its title, Drowsy Maggie, with its rugged and relentless rhythm. Flute & bass guitar: Bob Midden; violin: Mary Dennis; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam.

8. Song For Ireland (5:12)
A tribute to some of the things that make Ireland dear, written by Phil Colclough, made famous by Mary Black and Dick Gaughan. Vocal: Bob Midden; guitar: Tom DelGreco; written by Phil Colclough; arranged similar to a recording by Dick Gaughan.

9. Scatter the Mud Set (3:06)
Three jigs: the albm titletune, Tripping up the Stairs, flanked by Scatter the Mud and the Kesh Jig. Violin & bodhran: Mary Dennis; flute & bass guitar: Bob Midden; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam.

10. The Diggers (2:04)
A song about a group of poor farmers who unsuccessfully attempted to resist English occupation in the mid-17th century; written by Leon Rosselson; arrangement derived from a live performance by Karen Casey and John Doyle. Lead vocal & bodhran: Mary Dennis; backing vocals: Bob Midden & Mark Bunce; written by Leon Rosselson; arrangement derived from a live performance by Karen Casey and John Dolan.

11. Wild Colonial Boy (3:09)
An Irish immigrant to Australia meets an untimely end to his outlaw life. Lead vocal & bass guitar: Bob Midden; backing vocals: Mary Dennis & Mark Bunce; bodhran: Mary Dennis; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam.

12. The Planxty Mrs. O'Connor Set (3:52)
A Turlough O'Carolan harp tune followed by two jigs, Tobins ending with the high spirited but minor-keyed Cliffs of Moher. Flute: Bob Midden; violin & bodhran: Mary Dennis; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam; bass: Bob Midden.

13. Ploughboy Laddies (4:06)
A beautiful but sad tale about a young lass betrayed by faithless young lads. Lead vocal: Mary Dennis; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam; C whistle: Bob Midden.

14. Road to Lisdoonvoorna Set (2:29)
Two hard driving jigs, Road to Lisdoonvoorna and well-known Morrison's. Violin & bodhran: Mary Dennis; whistle & bass guitar: Bob Midden; guitar: Jack McMahon; keyboard: Mick Gilliam.

15. The Old Chemise (1:33)
A comic tale of trouble involving a used undergarment. Lead vocal & bodhran: Mary Dennis; backing vocals: Bob Midden & Mark Bunce.



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