Some lovely tunes here alright..
Willie Brady singing "Dying Rebel" or "Valley of Knockanure" would make my list..found on youtube..
A fine selection, but I have to agree with eiriamach, how could you leave out any of the Clancy Bros/Tommy Makem? I'll never forget one night, in a high school auditorium on the northside of Chicago, Tommy doing Lord of the Dance that had everyone on their feet--many years before Mr Flatley strapped on his shoes.
@aomiller..Sad to hear that Tony,but you seem to be already here in spirit,that's the main thing.Be strong.Peter from Cork
aomiller: My heart goes out to you. I don't know whether you put any faith in these things, but I'll say a prayer for you at Mass tomorrow.
They're all great songs, but how can a list like this leave out Liam Clancy, "The Rising of the Moon," or not name even one of Clancy Brothers/Tommy Makem ballads? So soon forgotten?
Oh, they were grand selections, to be sure. "Song For Ireland," by Mary Black -- The Uncrowned Queen of Ireland -- always brings a tear. As does "Danny Boy," which my sainted Father used to play on the piano and sing. I'm here in Mexico, dying of cancer. I won't be able to return. And I miss the Island, miss the music, miss the craic, miss you all.
Nice, but a much better version of "Grace" is on youtube; search acelticbard.com
Beutiful songs to be sure, well done! Yet man who sung of them not singing any,ahve you forgot Frank Patterson? Sorry any group of Ireland"s best songs without Frank, can never be taken seriously. God had to give someone greatest gif, Frank for sure. Frank would say John McCormick out of his humbleness, but Frank was best at displaying Irish heart.
A dark, windy windy night, on Cape Breton Island , an island peopled with Irish heritage - and listening to these incredible ballads one could weep. Heartfelt 'Thank You' for putting this together.
Love all the songs. I have played them on my Show called Taree to Shamrock. If anyone wants to listen to the show which is recorded in Taree, NSW, and put on the net in County Mayo, just go to Shamrock Radio and you can listen. It is put on the net every Friday and I hope you enjoy the music. Only 30 minutes.
Each one absolutely beautiful.
What a great Idea you had putting these great songs of my childhood growing up in Mayo, I tested my vocal chords on each one, I cant sing anymore but I had a great time trying,
The song Arthur MacBride is an eloquent riposte to all militarists and warmongers who have sucked the blood of the Irish poor over the centuries. I believe it comes to us from around the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Two centuries later it remains relevant. "A trusty shillelagh came over their heads, and Bade them take that as fair warning". If only today's spineless Irish had that fighting spirit, they wouldn't be the laughing stock of Europe.
enjoyed every song.great music.
By the way, that ain't Sinead O'Connor singing the Bold Fenian Men. And by the way again the song the woman is singing is NOT the Bold Fenian Men, it's called Down By the Glenside. The Bold Fenian men is another song. Can't Irish Central get anything right?
Brady's version of Arthur MacBride is the high point of 1970s folk music in Ireland. Or anywhere.
In my O'pinion, Paul Brady's "The Homes of Donegal" should be on the list...
I've heard these beautiful ballards many times - the videos with the music is exceptional. These really bring me home, always with a tear in my eye. I'm getting old and am glad to hear that we are keeping the music alive. Slan.
Your YouTube clips showed me the 3 I didn't know.
I would rank all ten in my top 20.
Of course Grace has to be number 1.
What a beautiful selection of songs. 'Only Her Rivers Run Free' had me holding back the tears as I looked at the pictures. The little girl crying did it to me.Thanks for the songs. UP THE IRISH!!!
Great ballads and wonderful artists. Very inspirational and moving.
Are they all on one CD I would really love to purchase this CD, how do I do that.
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