Peggy Sweeney, the renowned traditional singer from Mountcoal near Listowel, has released a new recording of A Silent Night – Christmas 1914 written by Cormac Mac Connell. Though the song’s title has alternated between 1914 and 1915 by various singers over the years, Peggy has decided to stick with the words that she originally learned when the song came out many years ago. The song refers to the unofficial Christmas truce in No Man’s Land in World War One when opposing troops sang Christmas carols. There was a Truce in 1914 and 1915.
Peggy has long been associated with the songs of Sean McCarthy from Listowel having released two albums of his work: The Songs of Sean McCarthy (1990) and More Songs of Sean McCarthy (2005). She has also recorded five other albums and three DVD’s which are all still available.
In keeping with modern musical trends, the song is available for download or streaming on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music etc.
It’s also available on CD with three other Peggy Sweeny songs from ww.kerrymusic.com and some local outlets.