The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem: In Person at Carnegie Hall [Legacy]

The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem: In Person at Carnegie Hall [Legacy]

by The Clancy Brothers


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Irish folk music isn't for everyone, but if you're the slightest bit interested in the genre, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem are required listening. While both the Clancys and Makem have produced some fine solo albums, their best work remains their collaborative recordings. Particularly on live records like this one, their love for the music and culture of Ireland comes across loud and clear, delighting the audience and the listener. Thanks to an above-average collection of tunes and the lively performance of the musicians, In Person at Carnegie Hall is a great starting point for the uninitiated. It also serves as a good tolerance test for listeners who are uncertain whether Irish music is really for them; if you don't like what you hear on this album, chances are you won't care for anything else the genre has to offer. Of course, it's hard to imagine anyone not being drawn in by the opening one-two punch of "Johnson's Motorcar" and "The Juice of the Barley." And it just gets better from there. Not only are all the songs fun to listen to, but each one represents a particular type of Irish tune. There's the drinking song ("A Jug of Punch"), the protest song ("Patriot Game"), and the rollicking singalong ("Reilly's Daughter"). But the standout here is the 12-and-a-half-minute track "The Children's Medley," in which the musicians string together more than a dozen different songs and poems from their childhood. The result is beautiful pastiche of old-old-school Irish folk music that makes you appreciate the history and beauty of the form.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2009
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886974257127
catalogNumber: 742571
Rank: 9728

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clancy Brothers   Primary Artist
Liam Clancy   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Makem   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,tin whistle,5-string Banjo
Tom Clancy   Vocals
Paddy Clancy   Vocals
Bruce Langhorne   Guitar
Bill Lee   Bass

Technical Credits

Liam Clancy   Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Jerry Rappaport   Producer,Reissue Producer
Robert Morgan   Producer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
P.J. Kennedy   Arranger
William Butler Yeats   Composer,Author
Patrick Pearse   Composer
P. Clancy   Composer
Macmurragh   Composer
L. McGuire   Composer
H.S. Roberton   Composer
E.M. McColl   Composer
A. Cohahan   Composer
T. Makem   Composer
T. Clancy   Composer
W. Clancy   Composer
Keating   Composer
F McPeake   Composer

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The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem: In Person at Carnegie Hall [Legacy] 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Kevin_W More than 1 year ago
Sony has gone back and given us the ENTIRE concert, uncut, from which most of the LP with this same title was originally taken. No overdubs, no extra instruments, just the ENTIRE concert, uninterrupted. You get the songs, the dialog, the interaction with the audience--everything that made a Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem performance so magical. It could never have been done 45 years ago--probably would have required at least a triple LP, which wouldn't have made economic sense to start with. And while most of the songs on the 40 minute LP (save Jug of Punch and Parting Glass) were recorded for the first time, the two hour concert also featured plenty of songs they'd already recorded (like Brennan on the Moor and the Wild Colonial Boy)--which the concert audience would have expected (and rightfully so). This was, first and foremost, a concert from which they made an LP--not a recording session with some fluff thrown in to justify selling concert tickets. We shall not see Paddy Clancy, Tom Clancy, or Tommy Makem this side of heaven (and Liam Clancy's health is less than perfect), but when you play this CD, you'll swear you're in the front row at Carnegie Hall. THe recording is 45 years old, but it sounds like it was recorded yesterday.
dpickels More than 1 year ago
This is the entire concert including all the stories and banter between songs. With this CD you really get the feel of how much they were entertainers even more than musicians. Unfortunately I am too young to have seen them in concert, but with this CD I have a great idea of how much fun one of them would be. Before this CD I primarily just looked for CDs with songs that I did't have, but since listening to this CD I will be looking for CDs and DVDs of live concerts! I highly recomemend this CD for anyone who loves Irish Folk music!
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