Montag, 12. September 2016

The Clancy Brothers - The Rising Of The Moon - Irish Songs Of Rebellion (Tradition, 1956)

"The Rising of the Moon" was the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem's first appearance on wax as a group. Recorded in 1959, in the kitchen of Kenneth S. Goldstein (co-creator of the Tradition label with Paddy Clancy), the album is a largely austere collection of fight songs and ballads that trace the fighting history of Ireland.

It features the singing of Paddy, Liam, and Tom Clancy; Makem sings as well, adds his tin whistle, and even plays rousing, military-style percussion on tracks like "Men of the West." While Makem and the Clancys' vocals are rich and melodic throughout the set, "Rising of the Moon" might be most striking for its instrumentation. Besides the input of Makem, the album features expressive guitar and harp, courtesy of Jack Keenan and Jack Malady, respectively. Both musicians help to lend "Rising of the Moon" its intimate, fireside feel; it's a sound that the Clancys and Makem would move away from on later, more crowd-pleasing releases, but here it helps imbue these songs with a respectful air.

 "Eamonn an Chniuic" is supported by the plucked harp like raindrops on a stubbornly wavering flower petal, while the instrument adds color to the guitar's urgent rhythm during "Foggy Dew." "Whack fol the Diddle" introduces one of the group's most famous singing techniques, while Makem's whistle livens up the title track's melody. But it's "Wind That Shakes the Barley" that could best combine aesthetic instrumentation with heartfelt emotion.             


Side One:
O'Donnell Aboo
The Croppy Boy
The Rising of the Moon
The Foggy Dew
The Minstrel Boy
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Tipperary Far Away

Side Two
Kelly the Boy from Killanne
Kevin Barry
Whack Fol the Diddle
The Men of the West
Eamonn An Chnuic
Nell Flaherty's Drake

The Clancy Brothers - The Rising Of The Moon (1956)
(256 kbps, front cover included)

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3 Kommentare:

Anonym hat gesagt…

This is another great folk album -- the Clancy Brothers long before the commercialized "professional Irish" records they made for Columbia. Incidentally, this and your other offering, "Come Fill Your Glass With Us" will fit nicely on a single CD, for those who burn copies. Thanks so much for this.

Anonym hat gesagt…

As an addition to my last message: there was, I believe, a third Clancy Brothers LP issued by Tradition. And also a first-rate Tommy Makem solo album, also on Tradition. Both are well worth seeking. Thanks once more for everything.

Puzzle hat gesagt…

"Why do you hurry, Sean o Farrel,
Why do you hurry so?"

"This album must be listened to
by the risin of the moon,
by the risin of the moon."

Stirring stuff,
Thank you for the share.

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