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Upon a Shamrock Shore: Songs of Ireland & the Irish

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Barnes & Noble - Marty Lipp
Most famous for their children's classic, "The Unicorn," the Irish Rovers actually formed in Canada, and have nurtured Irish music in North America for more than 30 years. This new collection gathers folksy songs about their homeland of Ireland. The tunes are hearty ones, bolstered by banjos, guitars, and accordions, recounting the both the tough and the tender aspects of life on the Emerald Isle. Paeans to the countryside are mixed up with hardscrabble accounts of generations of struggling Irishmen. The group serves up all the tunes with brio, reminiscent of hard-drinking ensembles like the Pogues. The Rovers, though, are dyed-in-the-wool traditionalists, a la the Clancy...
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Barnes & Noble - Marty Lipp
Most famous for their children's classic, "The Unicorn," the Irish Rovers actually formed in Canada, and have nurtured Irish music in North America for more than 30 years. This new collection gathers folksy songs about their homeland of Ireland. The tunes are hearty ones, bolstered by banjos, guitars, and accordions, recounting the both the tough and the tender aspects of life on the Emerald Isle. Paeans to the countryside are mixed up with hardscrabble accounts of generations of struggling Irishmen. The group serves up all the tunes with brio, reminiscent of hard-drinking ensembles like the Pogues. The Rovers, though, are dyed-in-the-wool traditionalists, a la the Clancy Brothers, and their fans should enjoy this nostalgic trip home.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On this compilation, Will Millar's singing is alternated with that of the more sober Jimmy Ferguson, who handles ballads. Even on this Irish-themed material, the Irish Rovers are original and of their late-'60s time. "Pat From Mullingar" celebrates a hero of the I.R.A., while "Pennywhistle Peddler" seems to describe a person and a milieu more reminiscent of the Haight-Ashbury hippie scene in which the group was living than an Irish village. Nevertheless, more traditional fare is heard in the bawdy "Up Among the Heather" and in a quartet of songs about the Irish diaspora to America in the 19th century and the immigrants' subsequent experiences. This is a varied collection by a distinctive group that took its heritage in sometimes surprising directions. "The Rovers Street Song Medley" is previously unreleased, while "Pigs Can't Fly" has been stripped of overdubs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2000
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811216221
  • Catalog Number: 112162
  • Sales rank: 13,704

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Irish Rovers Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Horslips Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Vartan Art Direction
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