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Mick Moloney's McNally's Row of Flats is a fun, quirky recording, a time warp that takes the listener back to another time and place. As a jumping-off place to the late-19th century, Moloney tackled the oeuvre of Ed Harrigan and David Braham, a team who wrote songs that were performed in minstrel shows and vaudeville in the 1870s and beyond. While neither Harrigan or Braham have the name recognition of Stephen Foster today, both were a big deal in their own time, making a financial killing and eventually writing for lavish theatrical productions. The songs included on McNally's Row of Flats, as the liner notes point out, paint a nice portrait of the immigrant experience in America, and they're so tuneful that it's easy to imagine having a few pints and singing them in the local Irish tavern. Moloney's conversational vocals and the lively arrangements enhance oddities like "Such an Education Has My Mary Ann" and "Get Up Jack John Sit Down." Whistle, fiddle, and button accordion provide a Celtic-styled background, while Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks add animated brass to a number of songs. Although the structure of these songs reminds one more of show tunes than folk, Moloney and friends bring an air of faithfulness to these interpretations that evokes an earlier era. For everyone who thought that Stephen Foster was the only person writing for the stage in the 19th century, Moloney's take on Harrigan and Braham's extroverted songs will be a real treat. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

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Mick Moloney has put together a great tribute to Harrigan & Hart - Great sound - traditional yet contemporary.


Moloney has cleaned up and prettified Harrigan & Hart's 19th-century songs, which no doubt would have been hollered and belted out a bit more roughly in the variety theaters of their day. But that's fine -- to our ears these sound great. Harrigan & Hart were sort of the New York Irish Stephen Fosters of their day, and wildly popular -- the funny, spritely "Mulligan Guards" was played around the world. These are all fine tunes. Cheers to Moloney for resuscitating them for us.

Mick Moloney

This guy is good. He doesn't mix strong, loud voices with calm, soft ones. It's just the calm voices. I personally prefer either one or the other, not both together, which is one big reason to like this guy. The only thing is that a few songs on this aren't that good to me. But it's just a few. The ones that are good make up for that, though.


Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Limerick-born and Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mick Moloney is one of the most influential Irish musicians living in the U.S. In addition to recording as a soloist, Moloney has recorded duo albums with Eugene O'Donnell and trio albums with Robbie O'Connell and Jimmy Keane as well as with O'Donnell and Seamus Egan. As a session player, Moloney has contributed to albums by Martin Mulvihill, Brendan Mulvihill, James Keane, Robbie O'Connell, Seamus Connolly, and Jerry O'Sullivan....
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