CD Upon a Shamrock Shore: Songs of Ireland & the Irish (CD 137682), Audio Other
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Upon a Shamrock Shore: Songs of Ireland & the Irish

  • 1. King of the Faeries
    2. Mountain Tay
    3. Bridget Flynn
    4. Up Among the Heather
    5. Bonnie Kellswater
    6. Pat from Mullingar
    7. Rovers Fancy
    8. Pennywhistle Peddler
    9. Shamrock Shore
    10. Banks of Newfoundland
    11. Shores of Americay
    12. Lament for the Molly Maguires
    13. Fiddler's Green
    14. Rovers Street Song Medley, The
    15. Pigs Can't Fly (Unsweetened) - (previously unreleased)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1622

  • Credits

    Producer: Andy McKaie.
    Compilation producer: Todd Everett.
    Includes liner notes by Todd Everett.
    Digitally remastered by Jim Phillips (MCA Music Media Studios, North Hollywood, California).
    Recording information: 07/31/1967-07/06/1971.
    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.) ~ William Ruhlmann

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