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World Library Of Folk & Primitive Music, Vol. 2: Ireland
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music, Pop
Made in recording sessions by Alan Lomaz and Seamus Ennis in 1951, this was one of the first comprehensive surveys of the folk music of Ireland. Lomax and Ennis went from village to town in western Ireland, recording profe... more »
Made in recording sessions by Alan Lomaz and Seamus Ennis in 1951, this was one of the first comprehensive surveys of the folk music of Ireland. Lomax and Ennis went from village to town in western Ireland, recording professional and amateur singers and musicians in their homes and community places. The songs are familiar, since so many of them have been learned by more generations via these recordings, and include classics like "I'll Go No More A' Rovin," "Whiskey in the Jar," "The Lark in the Morning," and dozens of others. Aside from Ennis, who contributes a fair number of songs himself, the names of the performers will not be too familiar. It's a straightforward, honest brand of Irish music (not "Celtic") that focuses on the tunes and stories, delivered with quiet grace or raucous joy, untouched by fad. Accordions, fiddles, and piano are the instruments most likely heard here, but the real gems are the solo singers and storytellers, whose voices still ring true because they were so real, so personal. The booklet includes Ennis's original recording notes, a new introduction to put the music in contemporary perspective, and Lomax's original effusive and overromanticized commentary. --Louis Gibson
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A rare find for Irish music enthusiasts
M. Bridgeman | Baton Rouge, LA | 11/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Irish music BEFORE all the Riverdance hype came about, this is Irish music in its realest and rawest from. Hearing performers sing and speak native Gaelic is a real treat, and the songs are a real challenge to listen to. This is NOT pub music by any means, but rather true music with real stories behind it. The only thing I would have liked to see on this album is more diversity: most of the songs were recorded in Co. Cork or Co. Donegahy, however I can't complain since my family are Corkers themselves... If you like this album I would STRONGLY recommend Alan Lomax's Primitive Music album from Spain as there are stark similarities between the two types of music (ever hear the thoery that the Celts were originally from Spain?... Wink.)"
Gerald Joyce | Chicago, IL USA | 05/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fantastic traditional unaccompanied singing from Johnny McDonagh, Colm Keane and Sean Jeaic McDonagh. Johnny McDonagh's version of "Morrissey and the Russian Sailor" is the finest "come all ye" I have ever heard recorded and Colm Keane singing "Soldier, Soldier" is amazing."