Songs of Irish Freedom, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Nick Leggatt
The proud Irish tradition of raspy-voiced, angry singers of Rebel Songs is co-opted here by - gasp! - male singers with smooth voices, who sing these tunes to often snappy, Sinatra-esque arrangements. This would be fine, but the artists on this disc just don't seem to know what they're singing. Sometimes it does work, as with Tommy Mulvihill's mournful rendition of "Irish Soldier Boy," and Pat Roper's sly, winking take on "Johnson's Motor Car." But more often it doesn't: Mulvihill simply doesn't sound passionate enough about being "On the One Road." Roper makes the elegy "Sean South" seem almost happy. And Richie O'Shea tosses off the lyrics of "Bold Robert Emmet," a ...
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All Music Guide - Nick Leggatt
The proud Irish tradition of raspy-voiced, angry singers of Rebel Songs is co-opted here by - gasp! - male singers with smooth voices, who sing these tunes to often snappy, Sinatra-esque arrangements. This would be fine, but the artists on this disc just don't seem to know what they're singing. Sometimes it does work, as with Tommy Mulvihill's mournful rendition of "Irish Soldier Boy," and Pat Roper's sly, winking take on "Johnson's Motor Car." But more often it doesn't: Mulvihill simply doesn't sound passionate enough about being "On the One Road." Roper makes the elegy "Sean South" seem almost happy. And Richie O'Shea tosses off the lyrics of "Bold Robert Emmet," a first-person account of a rebel's hanging, as if nothing concerns him so much as making his voice sound good. "A hero I lived, a hero I'll die, " he remarks casually. Paddy Noonan's instrumental medleys are all right, but the only singer who consistently does these songs justice is Mary Hegarty, who delivers "Four Green Fields," from its mournful premise to its final hint of defiance and hope, with much-needed style as well as a pretty voice.
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  • Release Date: 4/16/1995
  • Label: Rego Irish
  • UPC: 071083310324
  • Catalog Number: 3103

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Disc 1
  1. 1 On the One Road
  2. 2 First Cork Brigade
  3. 3 Four Green Fields
  4. 4 Johnson's Motor Car
  5. 5 Take Me Home to Mayo
  6. 6 Down by the Glenside/Foggy Dew
  7. 7 Valley of Knockanure - Mary O'Dowd
  8. 8 The Irish Soldier Boy
  9. 9 Bold Robert Emmet
  10. 10 Sean South from Garryowen
  11. 11 Old Fenian Gun
  12. 12 Minstrel Boy/Boys of Wexford/Nation Once Again
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Mulvihill Track Performer
Paddy Noonan Track Performer
Pat Roper Track Performer
Richie O'Shea Track Performer
Pat Daly Track Performer
Mary Hegarty Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tommy Makem Composer
Mary Hegarty Composer
Traditional Composer
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