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Sarah & Rita Keane
Once I Loved




Claddagh Records


Irish Traditional


A re-release of he album recorded in 1968 by Claddagh Records, Sarah and Rita Keane’s Once I loved is one of the most important albums in the Irish vocal tradition. In the 1950s and 1960s Rita and Sarah played as part of Keane's Céilí Band, who performed for audiences of up to 1,000 people at dances in the local town of Tuam. At one stage, Brendan Burke, father of John "Turps" Burke who later became a member of the Saw Doctors, played with the band.
In the late 1960s the broadcaster Ciarán Mac Mathúna made recordings of the Keane sisters, which he broadcast on a series of radio programmes for RTÉ. These proved popular with listeners, and resulted in the recording of an album entitled Once I Loved in 1969. Their only other album, At the Setting of the Sun, would not follow until 1985.[4] Both albums feature a mixture of sean-nós (traditional unaccompanied Irish language singing) and ballads sung in English, and have subsequently been re-released on CD, indicating a continued interest in, and demand for, the Keane sisters' recorded work.


1. Once I Loved
2. Lord Donegal
3. Moll Dubh an Ghleanna
4. A Stór mo Chroí
5. When Two Lovers
6. Túirne Mháire
7. The Banks of the Moorlough Shore
8. Sail Óg Rua
9. I'm Thinking, Ever Thinking
10. Tá mo Chleamhnas Déanta
11. An Droighneán Donn