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At Home
     

At Home

4.5 2
by Cherish the Ladies
 
Now in its 12th year, Cherish the Ladies is the nation's premiere women's traditional Celtic group. AT HOME reunites the Ladies with their musical roots: the dads, grandpas, uncles, and cousins who infused their lives with song. Fifteen close relatives sit in with the gals, including Bobby and Liam Clancy (of

Overview

Now in its 12th year, Cherish the Ladies is the nation's premiere women's traditional Celtic group. AT HOME reunites the Ladies with their musical roots: the dads, grandpas, uncles, and cousins who infused their lives with song. Fifteen close relatives sit in with the gals, including Bobby and Liam Clancy (of Clancy Brothers fame, and father and uncle to Ladies' vocalist Aiofe Clancy). You'll hear several medleys of brisk reels, jigs, and hornpipes where the players fire up the music to make the step dancers' feet fly, as onlookers whistle and taunt them along. More sentimental are the vocals (mostly laments of lost love, though "Matt Hyland" ends happily enough), sung eloquently by Aiofe Clancy; on "John of Dreams," she's joined by four members of the Clancy clan. The most moving ballad -- "The Waves of Kilkee," composed by whistle player Joanie Madden and producer Brian Keane -- can't help but conjure green hills and rough coastlines. Fiddler and former CTL member Eileen Ivers (CROSSING THE BRIDGE) rejoins the group on this album, making for a most joyous reunion.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It's pretty rare that any good comes of signing a traditional Celtic band to a major record label. In this case, the results have been mixed but generally good. The second Cherish the Ladies album on RCA has family participation as its theme, and for the most part it works out quite well: guests include the Clancy Brothers (father and uncle of Cherish the Ladies singer Aiofe Clancy), accordion player Jim Coogan (father of guitarist and banjo player Mary Coogan), and flutist Seamus Egan (brother of fiddler Siobhan Egan). There are several very fine reel and jig sets and a lovely rendition of the traditional song "Matt Hyland," sung beautifully by Aiofe Clancy. And there's also a nice performance of "John of Dreams," sung here by various members of the Clancy family. But the inclusion of Dan Fogelberg's "The Leader of the Band" sounds like a label executive's idea, and there's a tameness to the overall sound that is a bit disappointing. Still, this album will probably appeal to all but the snobbiest Celtic music fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1999
Label:
Rca Victor
UPC:
0090266337729
catalogNumber:
63377

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cherish the Ladies   Primary Artist
Seamus Egan   Flute
Liam Clancy   Vocals
Aoife Clancy   Vocals
Eileen Ivers   Fiddle
Phil Bowler   Acoustic Bass
Bobby Clancy   Vocals
Mary Coogan   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin
Donna Long   Synthesizer,Fiddle,Piano,Vocal Harmony
Joanie Madden   Flute,Alto Flute,Human Whistle,Vocal Harmony
Joe Madden   Accordion
Bob Mayo   Hammond Organ
Mary Rafferty   Accordion,Concertina,Human Whistle
Mike Rafferty   Flute
Arto Tuncboyaciyan   Percussion,Drums
Jesse Smith   Fiddle
Siobhan Egan   Fiddle,Bodhran
John Madden   Bodhran
Sean Harkness   Electric Guitar
Dave Anderson   Fretless Bass Guitar
Donal Clancy   Guitar
Jim Coogan   Accordion

Technical Credits

Cherish the Ladies   Arranger
Brian Keane   Producer,Engineer
Donny Golden   Step Dancing
Eileen Golden   Step Dancing
Joanie Madden   Liner Notes
Frez-Albrecht   Engineer
Sean Harkness   Engineer
Tommy Skarupa   Engineer
Steve Gates   Executive Producer

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At Home 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This albumn provides a feeling of family that has been missing in their other albumns. The Waves of Kilkee, The Leader of the Band and John of Dreams alone make this albumn worth owning. The other cuts are just added spice. Well worth adding to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After attending a concert by this group this last Saturday night, I am still deeply under their enchantment! However, I've been a fan of their music for a short while and hope I can comment briefly without sounding too greatly besotted. Their music is beautiful and the tightly knit playing makes it so. Much like in jazz music, a good Celtic combo should be able to play off one another...and these women do so admirably. The wealth of talent in this group is wonderful as well. As is the wealth of spirit, fun, and enthusiasm. Not to be missed! If something on this album doesn't stir you, you'd better check yourself for a pulse!