Many Happy Returns

Many Happy Returns

by Arcady
     
 

With its roots in the traditional sound of De Danaan, Arcady waited four years after their debut to release Many Happy Returns, and a happy return it is indeed. With its focused Irish approach, relaxed and sparkling musicianship, this is an album that stands as an unalloyed joy, and a benchmark of Irish music amid all the "Celticisms" that have abounded. In…  See more details below

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With its roots in the traditional sound of De Danaan, Arcady waited four years after their debut to release Many Happy Returns, and a happy return it is indeed. With its focused Irish approach, relaxed and sparkling musicianship, this is an album that stands as an unalloyed joy, and a benchmark of Irish music amid all the "Celticisms" that have abounded. In vocalist Niamh Parsons, the band discovered an astonishing talent, with a warm, slightly husky voice strongly reminiscent of Sandy Denny. Her rendition of "The Rocks of Bawn" is nothing less than quietly glorious, and even the bed of synthesizer tones fails to sound cheap and cheesy underneath. The six-piece group is heavily augmented, but, once again, it's done with superb taste, like Neil Martin's cello contributions (not an instrument generally associated with Irish music). The jogs and reels are thankfully not taken at breakneck, frenetic speed, and founder Johnny McDonagh leads from behind with his bones and bodhran percussion, letting Nicholas Quemener, Conor Keane, and Brendan Larrissey weave their magic upfront. The result is little short of perfect, especially when Parsons' magical voice is added to the mix. If you want to get near to Celtic heaven, try "The Banks of the Lee," which alone is worth the price of admission. They really don't come any better than this.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/1995
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351799524
catalogNumber:
79095
Rank:
132322

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Tracks

  1. The Sally Gardens/Miss McLeod's Reel/The Foxhunter's/The Bucks of Oranmore
  2. The Boys of Barr Na Sráide
  3. The Kilfenora Jig
  4. The Rocks of Bawn
  5. The Maid of Mount Cisco/The Humours of Ballyconnell/The Ivy Leaf
  6. The Rambling Irishman
  7. The Battering Ram/The Geese in the Bog/The Pipe on the Hob
  8. Toss the Feathers/The Fermoy Lasses/The Man of the House
  9. The Banks of Sullane
  10. The Old Grey Goose/McFadden's Favourite/Come West Along the Road
  11. John O'Dreams
  12. The Boys of Bluehill/The Stack of Barley
  13. Once I Loved
  14. The Blackhaired Lass/The Flogging Reel/Lord McDonald's Reel/The Pinch ...
  15. The Banks of the Lee
  16. Paddy Ryan's Dream/Fohy's Reel (Fahy) /The Pigeon on the Gate

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arcady   Primary Artist
Niamh Parsons   Vocals
Johnny McDonagh   Drums,Triangle,Bodhran
Liam Ó Maonlaí   Piano,Harmonium,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Didjeridu
Brendan Power   Harmonica
Patsy Broderick   Keyboards
Conor Keane   Accordion
Brendan Larrisey   Fiddle
Nicolas Quemenar   Flute,Guitar,Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Michael McGoldrick   Flute
Paul O'Driscoll   Bass

Technical Credits

Pearse Dunne   Engineer
Niall Martin   Contributor
Johnny McDonagh   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Sigerson Clifford   Composer

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