- World excluding USA & Canada
- Catalogue Id:
- VCD 79531
If Ireland is a country known for ballads and balladeers, then Liam Clancy is one of her best known sons. Singer, musician, storyteller and writer, he is a bard in the truest sense of the word, a poet of music and historian for his times.
Liam is one of the well-known Clancy Brothers who emigrated to the US in the 50s and were in the vanguard of the traditional music renaissance of the 50 and 60s, redefining the shape and substance of the music, not only in Ireland but throughout North America as well. As a solo performer, and in various configurations with his family and Tommy Makem, he has been a popular and influential figure in music for over 40 years. If you love good music in general, and Irish traditional in particular, and if you've listened to the radio or browsed a record store since mid-century, there's a good chance you've been seduced by the voice of Liam Clancy.
He recorded a first solo album in 1965, when he turned 30, for Vanguard Records. Recorded at the same sessions as that album's original 14 selections, nine never-before-released tracks appear on the newly remastered Irish Troubadour. The 23 tracks on this fresh compilation run the gamut - rebel ballads, drinking songs, topical tunes, lament and love songs. Not all are strictly Irish and scholars might argue about affixing the word "traditional" to some. Unquestionable, though, is the fact that all of these songs have put down roots, sung by an artist whose own are firmly planted in his Irish heritage.
In the years since these songs were recorded, Liam Clancy has appeared on stage, had an award-winning series on Canadian TV, performed on scores of records, at hundreds of concerts. And, as he always has, he continues to reinvent the old songs and make way for the new.