Happy St Patrick’s Day. You had to know I was going to bust out the Brothers Clancy sooner or later. And let us not forget Mr Makem, either. I bough this for $5. It had a lot of songs I like on the record but I bought it specifically for this day.
If you don’t know who the Clancy Brothers were, I have posted various albums of thiers on this blog, mostly during last March. I have written much about them and at this point, really can not think of anything else to add. You can search for past blog posts on the Brothers if you want to learn more.
This album was released in 1969. It features a good mix of mostly Irish songs along with a cover of Canadian Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain”. This was the last studio album of the Brothers with Tommy Makem. He would leave amicably to pursue a solo career after its release, thus ending a great era of Irish folk music. The Brothers continued on with success, but this was the magic lineup of the group, no doubt.
For samples, I went with the classic song “All For My Grog” which is a key Irish drinking song. I also decided to go with two more of my favorites which have been posted on this blog before by different artists, ” The Banks of the Roses” and Brendan Behan’s “The Auld Triangle” which has been done by the Dubliners and the Pogues, who probably do my favorite version. I would probably be remiss not to throw in a version from the songwriter himself, Brendan Behan, whose cheery mug will show up in a post later this month. And since I already broke my promise to myself, here is my version. In for a penny, in for a pound as they say.
Satisfactory Record. Happy St Paddy’s Day.