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More & Merrier

Hamish Imlach

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The Irish folksinger's recording career is filled with satirical references as the title may suggest, and this collection of witty jigs and ballads touch on his favorite themes: beer drinking, politics, and his larger-than-life personality and physical disposition. Imlach was a much-loved godfather — or wicked uncle — to the Irish folk revival. While his music was often outrageously humorous, his voice can be spine-chilling on the somber ballads herein. His profound influence can be heard through the U.K. folk revival in a range of artists, from Bert Jansch and John Renbourn to Roy Harper and even Ireland's queen of melancholy, Sinéad O'Conner, with whom Hamish Imlach worked on her debut album. Newcomers are recommended to seek out his Definitive Transatlantic Collection before venturing further into the mind of this quirky Irish folksinger.


Born: 1940 in Calcutta, India

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Hamish Imlach had a multi-layered performing career, as an anti-nuclear activist, comedian, folk-singer, and political satirist. A native of Scotland, he began his recording career in 1966 on Transatlantic Records' XTRA label and ultimately cut eight popular LPs for the company over the next seven years. He loved traditional folk songs, but was a performer of many parts, with a topical political bent to his work—relfected in his performances of Scottish and Irish political songs—but it...
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