This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 8/02
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
Like father, like son. Well, not quite in this case. Aoife Clancy is the daughter of Bobby Clancy, he of The Clancy Brothers fame. If she continues delivering music on a par with this release, father Bobby and the boys soon will be sharing the musical recognition the Clancy name brings.
Culling selections from the folk, celtic, traditional U.K. and Appalachia genres, she has assembled a most enjoyable collection of songs and elevated them all with her assured vocals..
Her inviting voice is a combination of strength and sweetness, and her interpretations both invigorate the old gems and provide a standard with her new offerings that will be difficult to top.
Remarkably with 11 songs presented, there is nary a weak one to be found. The title cut, "Silvery Moon," and "The Earl of March's Daughter" cover the celtic and traditional U.K. music staple--laments to lost love--and also dovetail well with Australian poet Henry Lawson's "The Sliprails and the Spur" and the Appalachian song, "Across the Blue Mountains." The latter is performed a cappella, with Clancy joined by Aoife O'Donovan and Julee Glaub.
The first of two Mark Simos songs reverses direction and actually provides a positive spin on matters of the heart:
"...I ask for a single roseClancy's cousin, Robbie O'Connell, penned "There is Hope." Appropriate linked to the Irish Troubles and possibly Reverend Ian Paisley in particular, the message also has some applicability to the September 11 terrorist attacks:
You give me a summer garden
I ask for a drop of rain
You pour me a fountain
I ask you for time itself
All you gave was life worth living
What I'd ask of no one else
You don't know you're giving..."
"...The preacher is quick to quote the bibleClancy's rendition of Ron Kavana's "Reconciliation" holds its own with the Dick Gaughan version and her "Are You Sleepin', Maggie" ranks right up there with the Dougie MacLean and The Tannahill Weavers interpretations.
But very slow to change his heart
The words that should bring us together
Are used to keep us all apart...
...History books are filled with stories
That tell us when but never why
And though we can't find all the answers
We can still keep hope alive..."
There are very few releases where the listener giddily wonders what's coming up next, fortunately, this is one of them. The singing, the instrumentation and the song selections on this CD are an irresistibly enjoyable combination. The Brothers better start making room for one of their kin.
Clancy on vocals and guitar, is assisted by Mark Simos on guitar; Larry Nugent on flute; Seth Connolly on bass, piano, dobro, mandolin and guitar; Donal Clancy on guitar; Lissa Schneckenburger on fiddle and violin; Myron Bretholz on percussion; Rushad Eggleston on cello; Jacqueline Schwab on piano; Al Gould on fiddle; Ted Ponsonby on guitar, dobro and vocals; James Blennerhassett on upright bass and vocals; Liam Bradley on percussion and vocals; Eddie Lynch on piano; Bobby Clancy on vocals; Julee Glaub on vocals and Aoife O'Donovan on vocals and harmony vocals.
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