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Album Review

A ragtag, but compelling collection of live and recorded songs from the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. With the exception of the dark, quite depressing tune "Four Green Fields," about a mother mourning her lost children and home (actually a thinly veiled metaphor about the brutal history between England and Ireland), all of the songs on this album are lively and upbeat. Just try keeping your foot from tapping to the opening track, "Home Boys Home," a bouncy marching song about the joy of returning home after a long while away. The record also includes the hilarious "Isn't It Grand Boys," in which a ghost observes his own funeral and ridicules everyone from the mourners to the preacher. Unlike the group's live recordings, where they obviously control the set list, the tracks aren't arranged very well on Luck of the Irish. It's as if the record company threw the songs down on disc at random; how else could you have "Four Green Fields" sandwiched between the hilarious ditties "Mr. Moses Ri-Tooral-I-Ay" and "The Jolly Tinker"? Perhaps they meant to give the listener a breather before and after "Four Green Fields," but a better-organized record would have built up to this powerful song, perhaps using it as the final track instead of stranding it somewhere in the middle.

Customer Reviews

classic irish folk music

these are not just drinking songs. these songs have a story and a meaning behind them. they're beautiful, sad, funny, and just great listening. i promise u'll start singing along w/ them even if ur like me and cant sing. sure four green fields can get kinda rough, buts its fun holding those long, sorrowful notes off key... enjoy!


Formed: Cork, Ireland

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The Clancy Brothers are a family of singing Irish expatriates who have been important figures in re-popularizing their native music in North America and are still among the most internationally renowned Irish folk bands. Some even credit the band as important figures in starting the folk revival of the '50s and '60s. The Clancys, Tom, Pat and Liam were born in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tiperrary, Ireland to a family of nine, all of whom were musically inclined. Tom and Pat emigrated to New York around...
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