To Hell or Barbados

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To Hell or Barbados
To Hell Or Barbados.jpg
Studio album by Damien Dempsey

June 1, 2007 (Ireland)

June 18, 2007 (UK)

June 26, 2007 (US)

July 6, 2007 (Canada)
Recorded AIR Studios, London
Genre Folk, Irish, singer-songwriter, reggae
Length 53:32
Label Clear Records, UFO Music
Producer John Reynolds
Damien Dempsey chronology
To Hell or Barbados
The Rocky Road

To Hell or Barbados is the fourth studio album by Irish singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey released in Ireland and the UK in June 2007. An expanded edition was released on 2 November 2007, complete with a bonus CD of additional material.

The album name and title track are taken from the book of the same name by Sean O'Callaghan, an account of the tens of thousands of Irish people sent as slaves to Barbados during the Cromwellian campaign in Ireland. "To hell or Barbados" were the only options provided by Cromwell to the "white slaves", or Redlegs as they became known.

The album features Irish folk musician Sharon Shannon and sisters Yamina and Nadia Nid El Mourid from the French band Lo'Jo[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Maasai"   3:58
2. "Kilburn Stroll"   5:10
3. "How Strange"   5:47
4. "Chase the Light"   4:13
5. "Your Pretty Smile"   4:15
6. "Serious"   4:57
7. "Teachers"   4:39
8. "Summer's in My Heart"   4:58
9. "To Hell or Barbados"   7:47
10. "The City"   7:40
Total length:

To Hell or Barbados: The Expanded Edition[edit]

Additional tracks:

  1. "Not on Your Own Tonight (Part 2)"
  2. "Saturday Finally Comes"
  3. "Wild One"
  4. "Schooldays Over"
  5. "Fly Me to the Moon"
  6. "Taobh Leis an Muir"
  7. "The Rhythm of Time"
  8. "Holy Night"


  • Damien Dempsey - acoustic guitar
  • Caroline Dale - cello
  • John Reynolds - drums
  • Sharon Shannon - accordion
  • Marco Pirroni - guitar
  • Claire Kenny - bass instrument
  • Julian Wilson - Hammond b-3 organ
  • Conor McKeon - pipes
  • Nadia Nid El Mourid - background vocals
  • Yamina Nid el Mourid
  • Gerry O'Connor - banjo