The Rocky Road to Dublin: The Best of Irish Folk

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Rocky Road to Dublin: The Best of Irish Folk is a 64-track, five-CD set on which numerous performers provide a comprehensive look at the breadth of traditional music from Ireland. (Comprehensive, but somewhat spread out: with only 12 or 13 songs to a disc, the collection could have been compressed somewhat.) The basic style heard on the collection is that of the Dubliners, who are represented by the title song and five other tracks, untutored but enthusiastic voices heard over traditional folk instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and tin whistle. But the performers sometimes lean toward more pop-oriented sounds, notably Dominic Behan, who on his ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Rocky Road to Dublin: The Best of Irish Folk is a 64-track, five-CD set on which numerous performers provide a comprehensive look at the breadth of traditional music from Ireland. (Comprehensive, but somewhat spread out: with only 12 or 13 songs to a disc, the collection could have been compressed somewhat.) The basic style heard on the collection is that of the Dubliners, who are represented by the title song and five other tracks, untutored but enthusiastic voices heard over traditional folk instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and tin whistle. But the performers sometimes lean toward more pop-oriented sounds, notably Dominic Behan, who on his four songs reveals a somewhat stagier approach to singing; Michael O'Duffy, who sounds like an Irish tenor in the John McCormack tradition on "Come Back Paddy Reilly" and enjoys a string accompaniment on "Kitty Magee"' and the Ludlows, who resemble the harmony-filled folk-pop act the Seekers on "The Enniskillen Dragoons" and "Johnny Lad." As might be expected, the lyrics touch on issues of special interest to the Irish, though they are not always identified with the Irish Free State; sometimes, Northern Ireland's interests are at least balanced out, such as on Grehan Sisters' "The Orange and the Green." The Tinkers' "The Jolly Ploughboy," on the other hand, concerns a young man who goes off to join the I.R.A.; oddly, the song, which ends the third disc, is followed four tracks into the fourth disc by a version of the same tune, now called "Off to Dublin in the Green" and performed by the Dubliners, for whom it is the second track in a row after "The Wild Rover." The same composition also appears on the fifth disc listed as "Sally O" by the Broadsiders. (Similarly, Johnny Kelly & the Capitol Showband's "Black Velvet Band" on Disc 3 and "The Irish Soldier" by Pat Lynch & the Airchords which leads off Disc 5, are the same song; so are "The Sash My Father Wore" by the Broadsiders and "The Glenside, Nos. 1 & 2" by the Glenside Ceili Band.) Otherwise, the selection and sequencing of the album are more balanced, however, and if this is not really "the best of Irish folk," it is a very good assemblage of some of the highlights of the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2008
  • Label: Castle Music Uk
  • EAN: 5050749412744
  • Catalog Number: 1274

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Rocky Road to Dublin (2:38)
  2. 2 The Waxie's Dargle (3:25)
  3. 3 The Kilfenora Jig (4:00)
  4. 4 My Lagan Love (3:44)
  5. 5 Mullin's/Rio/Paddy Murphy's Wife Reels (3:25)
  6. 6 Liverpool Lou (2:50)
  7. 7 The Shores of Amerikay (2:18)
  8. 8 The Orange and the Green - The Grehan Sisters (3:13)
  9. 9 Carrickfergus (3:31)
  10. 10 Limerick Is Beautiful (3:35)
  11. 11 Molloy's Favourtie and the Earl's Chair (3:26)
  12. 12 Siobhan Ni Dhuibhir (2:53)
  13. 13 Dicey Riley (1:41)
  14. 14 The Then Wexford Massacre - The Grehan Sisters (4:55)
  15. 15 Muirsheen Durkin (2:34)
  16. 16 The Maid at the Spinning Wheel (2:14)
  17. 17 The Dublin Fusiliers (2:42)
  18. 18 Father Murphy's Air (2:47)
  19. 19 Come Back Paddy Reilly (3:04)
  20. 20 Westmeath Bachelor (3:00)
  21. 21 The Curragh of Kildare (4:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ye Jacobites by Name (2:54)
  2. 2 The Handsome Cabin Boy (4:43)
  3. 3 The Sea Around Us (3:01)
  4. 4 The Reluctant Patriot (2:12)
  5. 5 Kitty Came Down from Limerick (3:00)
  6. 6 The Donegal Reel - The Grehan Sisters (1:17)
  7. 7 Kitty Magee (2:04)
  8. 8 Planxty Davy (1:50)
  9. 9 The Blarney Stone (1:51)
  10. 10 He Was a Quare One (2:21)
  11. 11 Morrison's/The Bridge's Favourite (3:08)
  12. 12 Bonnie Irish Boy (3:04)
  13. 13 Old Maid in a Garret (2:31)
  14. 14 Drops of Brandy (1:29)
  15. 15 Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore (3:50)
  16. 16 Black Velvet Band (2:32)
  17. 17 The Sash My Father Wore/Courtin' in the Kitchen/Dicey Riley/Bog Down in the (5:00)
  18. 18 The Jolly Ploughboy (2:40)
  19. 19 The Enniskillen Dragoons (3:19)
  20. 20 Arkle (2:10)
  21. 21 The Wild Rover (3:15)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Off to Dublin in the Green (2:24)
  2. 2 The Fenians from Cahirciveen (2:51)
  3. 3 Trip to Durrow (3:50)
  4. 4 Willy O'Winsbury (4:55)
  5. 5 The Rakish Paddy (1:20)
  6. 6 Gallagher's Frolics/Leitrim Jig - The Grehan Sisters (2:17)
  7. 7 Belfast Town/Bodhran Solo (2:51)
  8. 8 Trip to Athlone/Pat McGillarney (2:45)
  9. 9 Those Brown Eyes (2:51)
  10. 10 Carron Lough Bay (2:30)
  11. 11 The Irish Soldier (3:08)
  12. 12 The Glenside Nos. 1 & 2 (2:09)
  13. 13 Sally O (2:49)
  14. 14 Johnny Lad (2:28)
  15. 15 The Rovin' Ploughboy (2:08)
  16. 16 The Dublin Jack of All Trades (3:18)
  17. 17 The Hag with the Money (1:40)
  18. 18 Roisin Dubh (4:04)
  19. 19 The Rifles of the I.R.A. (3:26)
  20. 20 The Exile's Jig (1:40)
  21. 21 The Patriot Game (4:30)
  22. 22 God Save Ireland - The Grehan Sisters (3:02)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
A. McEvoy Composer
The Broadsiders Composer
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