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One of the Wolfe Tones' most traditional albums, 1993's Belt of the Celts dispenses with the electric instrumentation and stylistic experiments that the group had experimented with for the last several years, returning to a strictly traditional instrumental palette of banjos, mandolin, pipes, and other acoustic instruments, and placing their always-remarkable four-part harmonies squarely in the center of the songs. These 14 tunes are remarkably strong, from the ballads, "Bold Robert Emmett" and "The Boys of Barr Na Sraide," to the sparky social commentary of the witty "Some Say the Divil Is Dead" and "Quare Things in Dublin." As always, lead singer Tom Byrne and crew invest each of the songs with the fervor of true believers and the tenderness of born romantics. It won't change the minds of those who don't care for the Wolfe Tones' characteristic mix of Celtic folk and regional politics, but fans will be most pleased.

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Formed: 1963 in Kilrush, Ireland

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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

Very few bands manage to stay together for several decades. Even fewer are able to do it when their prime focus is politics. But then again, there aren't many around like the Wolfe Tones. Taking their name from Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the 1798 Irish Rebellion, they've remained unabashedly loud and proud of their politics since they began in 1963, even when the Irish government was banning their records (which it did in the late '60s). Formed by Derek Warfield and his brother Brian, who...
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