Red is the Rose, Jamie O’Reilly Trio

J. O’Reilly Productions, Cultural Arts and Blog
J. O’Reilly Productions, Cultural Arts and Blog
Red is the Rose, Jamie O'Reilly Trio

The Irish folksong performed by Jamie’s Trio.
Listen to Red is the Rose here.

It’s not for the parting of my sister Kate
It’s not for the love of my mother
It’s all for the loss of my bonny blue-eyed lad
That I’m leavin my homeland forever

Jamie sings the timeless Irish ballad,
with Michael Smith on guitar.
Featuring Bob Weber, cello
with Peter Swenson, guitar and John Floeter, bass.

On “Souvenir.” Recorded 2008
Private studio recording, Peter Swenson engineer

Selected by WFMT Midnight Special as a best Valentine song.
Copyright J. O’Reilly Productions

Meg and Jamie did a home video singing this song in March 2021
and Meg playing guitar. See it here:


  1. Lovely rendition of a beautiful Irish song, Jamie. Thanks for sharing. Sending an early birthday greeting to you.

  2. There are no words to say ,that can express the depth of sorrow that life presents. My heart is broken for you. How have I lost contact?! There are no excuses, your losses are of a magnitude that is beyond compare and yet , that voice, that voice that is a heart sprouting arms to embrace a world beyond worlds. To wring us dry of tears unshed and break our hearts with you with tenderness that bleeds. Oh dear, dear Jamie, were it not so. I’m so sorry for your loss times three. Many prayers and love, with begged forgiveness for years of absence. Judith

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