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|Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem|
Wrap the Green Flag: Favorites of the Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
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Alfred Johnson | boston, ma | 04/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The following review is being used to comment on several of the Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem recordings. The obvious musical skills, talent and commitment to craftsmanship of this group during its history need no comment by me. Nor does their commitment to keeping alive the Irish folk tradition. Thus, the criterion for review is whether the works represents the political traditions associated with the historic struggle for independence from the English.
A word. As I developed a quasi- leftist political consciousness in my youth I also, in an unsystematic and for the most part then unconscious manner, developed an interest in what is today is called roots music. Initially this was reflected in my first love-the Blues. During the early sixties, under the influence of Dave Van Ronk at first, then Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and the rest I developed an interest in folk music, then at the height of its revival. It is through this process that I came to appreciate the work of the artists under review. This is odd, and I will explain why. I was actually reared on the material presented here by my maternal grandfather, a great supporter of the Irish Republican Army. I gained from him my own romantic attachment to the exploits of the IRA in 1916 and beyond until independence. Although my own political evolution since then has led me away from political support to the IRA I still love the old songs which represent the spirit of Irish national identity and aspirations for national liberation historically suppressed by the bloody English.
A word about the songs presented here. The liner notes included with the CD are helpful here. The songs range in subject from `The Rising of the Moon' at the time of Wolfe Tone and the United Irishman, probably the last time that a united, independent, non-sectarian single Irish state was possible, to `Kevin Barry' and `Sean Treacy' just before the partition in 1921, creating the mess that still confronts us politically today. That said, as these lines are being written we are approaching the 90th Anniversary of the Easter Uprising of 1916. The vision that James Connolly and others of a Social Republic proclaimed at the General Post Office still waits. In short, there is still work to be done, North and South, united or as independent states. Listen to these songs to understand where we have come from and why we still need to fight.
music lover | 02/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great CD for someone looking to introduce themselves to Irish Music. However, for the more hardcore Clancy and Makem fans, this disc offers little in the way of new material. There are a few rare versions of songs that you can't get anywhere else, but most have been released on other CD's or record albums. Be aware that the song "Valley of Knockanure" came from the album "The Irish Uprising", not from an unreleased Carnegie Hall performance. I wish that Columbia would just rerelease some of the classic WHOLE albums on CD, instead of waisting our time on repackaged items. Overall, a good buy, but don't expect anything new."