Irish Drinking Songs: The Cat Lover's Companion
Marc Gunn & The Dubliners' Tabby Cats
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I am a fan of Celtic music, and a lover of cats. So I had to check out the Irish Drinking Songs for Cats. I must confess that I purchased it for its novelty, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was indeed good music. After listening a couple of times I began to wonder what the original lyrics would be; several of the songs were new to me. When I first found The Cat Lover's Companion, I thought it too might be of the novel variety. But one listen and I found out the Companion is different. It stands on its own, but provides the opportunity for those who have listened to the Drinking Songs for Cats to hear the inspiration behind the songs. When one speaks of "Irish drinking songs," what often comes to mind is roudy, rambunctious group singing. That is not what this CD is about. Here we have more of a reminder of what comes after a few ales have been tossed back and the embers in the fireplace have begun their warm glow. It's peaceful, but not sleepy, music. Marc's vocals are passionate yet soothing. There may be few instruments, but they are played with skill.
A fantastic collection of great Irish Favorites!
You should get Irish Drinking Songs: A Cat Lover's Companion. If you bought the Cat CD. get it. If not still get it. I was a little skeptical of the arrangements and the lack of Andrew, but Marc has done well with that before so... It was definitely worth the three hours it took me to download the mp3s back when I didn't have braodband. Its very barebones but good because of it. If you like Marc's other work you'll love this. My favorite track is When Irish Eyes are smiling. I've always liked this one and I love the speed and pacing that Marc uses.
Great for listeners both old and new!
This album has become one of the staples of my Celtic collection, and I take it with me to share with friends on a regular basis. I am especially fond of The Barnyards of Delgaty, a cheerful little romp of a song, and my favorite song on this album is Fiddler's Green, a more reflective ballad. I like how Ari's guitar provides a firm bass line as a foundation in those and several of the other songs; it's a welcome balancing addition to the predominantly high tones of the autoharp, and it gives an excellent foundation for Marc's powerful tenor. Marc is in particularly good voice on this album; several of the songs that Marc has done on other albums have a more mellow sound here, and while I enjoy the rough-and-ready cheer of the sound on albums like "Songs of Ireland," I also love it when Marc's voice is more mellow and reflective, which you get on most of the songs here. Fans of Marc's solo work and of the Brobdingnagian Bards will both love this album. Because the arrangements are well-executed, simple, and appealing, this is an especially good album for new fans, too!