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Genre: World Music
"Athens Hotel" is the second album from the modern Celtic folk group Colcannon. Released in 1993, it features several songs that have become audience favorites: "Sister Josephine", the story of a nun who isn't, the title t... more »
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"Athens Hotel" is the second album from the modern Celtic folk group Colcannon. Released in 1993, it features several songs that have become audience favorites: "Sister Josephine", the story of a nun who isn't, the title track "Athens Hotel", a song about a welfare hotel in Denver, and the haunting and ominous "Crooked Jack". The original instrumental "The Red Kite", featured on this recording, became the source material for bassist Mike Fitzmaurice's later large scale work for Colcannon and orchestra that goes by the same name.
Cries of the heart
Mark S. Murphy | Maryland | 06/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In the summer of 1991 I was a captain in the US Marine Corps, freshly back from the Gulf War and assigned to a job in Boulder, Colorado. On my first day in town I was driving around a crowded downtown, trying to find a parking spot without paying too much attention to anything but the street. A car pulled out of a spot in front of me and I slipped in, getting out to find myself in front of The James Irish Pub. A few beers into the evening the local entertainment began, a band called Colcannon. As I listened to the stories of Mick Bolger, set to music, my heart was pulled to my sleeve. When he introduced a brand new song, Athens Hotel, as a paen to the down-and-out I didn't give it much thought. But as he sang, of the prayers for those who are out in the cold, "pissing in their shoes" I was swept back to the desert of Kuwait, cold in February with rain beating down for days on end. How could he know? How could a street runner in Denver know? Leave a light on for those out in the cold."
Not just Irish blarney
Mark S. Murphy | 10/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Athens Hotel continues Colcannon's tradition of fine musicianship. I have followed this band since seeing them at a bluegrass festival in Fort Collins, Colorado and they never fail to entertain. Their music will make you both laugh and cry with their lyrics and their music. They are a delight to see live, but this is a good alternative."