Song for Ireland

Song for Ireland

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by Mary Black
     
 
This compilation album features songs from Mary Black's previous albums. The main focus is on renditions of traditional Irish tunes, although a few recent songs such as "Ellis Island" are also included. Mary Black lets her roots show more on this album, and her Irish accent and the use of fiddle, accordion, and pipes bring an authenticity

Overview

This compilation album features songs from Mary Black's previous albums. The main focus is on renditions of traditional Irish tunes, although a few recent songs such as "Ellis Island" are also included. Mary Black lets her roots show more on this album, and her Irish accent and the use of fiddle, accordion, and pipes bring an authenticity to the music. The lyrics effectively convey the simple pleasures and the hardships of growing up in small Irish towns where people often spend their whole lives. There are also songs calling for national unity ("Both Sides of yhe Tweed") in addition to tributes for national heroes such as Michael Collins ("The Shadow"). The music certainly plays to her strengths, with her passionate vocals at the front of the mix. She begins the opening song a cappella, and her voice is so captivating that you barely notice the spare accompaniment. Lovers of traditional Irish music should check this album out.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/1999
Label:
Gift Horse
UPC:
0739341005022
catalogNumber:
410050
Rank:
6003

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Black   Primary Artist,Vocals,Bodhran
Dónal Lunny   Synthesizer,Bouzouki
Black Family   Track Performer
Pat Armstrong   Guitar,Background Vocals
Máire Breatnach   Synthesizer
Frances Black   Background Vocals
Martin Black   Background Vocals
Michael Black   Background Vocals
Noel Bridgeman   Percussion,Accordion,Drums
Pat Crowley   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion
Garvan Gallagher   Double Bass
Kevin Glackin   Fiddle
Caroline LaVelle   Cello
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh   Vocals
Máirtín O'Connor   Accordion
Eoghan O'Neill   Bass
Declan Sinnott   Synthesizer,Guitar,Soloist,Harmony
Mandy Murphy   Harmony
Philip Begley   Synthesizer
Frank Gallagher   Synthesizer
Honor Hefferncur   Harmony
Brendan O'Regan   Bouzouki
Peter Browne   Pipe
Shay Black   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mary Black   Arranger
P.J. Curtis   Producer
Dan Fitzgerald   Engineer
Brian Masterson   Engineer
Declan Sinnott   Arranger,Producer
Philip Begley   Engineer
Billy Robinson   Engineer
Jimmy Crowley   Arranger

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Song for Ireland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music on this CD is the reason I listen to Mary Black. Just when I thought she was lost to Adult Contemporary Pop forever, along came this collection, pulled from Mary Black's older, more traditional recordings. The songs are Irish/folk, and the music is gorgeous. If you can only have one, this is it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MARY BLACK'S GREATEST RECORDING, ''SONG FOR IRELAND'', DESERVES AN EXTRA STAR FOR THE ARTIST AND ANOTHER STAR FOR THE MUSICIAL GROUP WHO ACCOMPANIED MARY BLACK IN THIS OUTSTANDING RECORDED MASTERPIECE! IF YOU ENJOY IRISH MUSIC, THEN, THIS RECORDING IS A 'MUST' ONE FOR YOUR COLLECTION. I OFFER MY SLAINTE' TO MARY BLACK AND TO HER PRODUCTION MEMBERS FOR THIS MEMOORABLE MUSICAL COLLECTION-A STELLAR PERFORMANCE!