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  • Audio CD (2 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Claddagh Independent
  • ASIN: B0002LNNLK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1. Gladiators
2. Moreton Bay
3. They'll Never Believe It's True/Froggy's Jig
4. The Girl I Left Behind
5. Way Out Yonder
6. The Highwayman
7. When The Boys Are On Parade
8. On A Distant Shore
9. Born In Carrickfergus

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Early, previously unavailable in the UK, Andy Irvine release, recorded in Steve Cooney's Eanini studio in Co. Kildare. With a plethora of gifted Irish musicians, including among others, Liam O'Flynn, Brendan Power, Dermot Byrne and Maire Breatnach. Backing vocals from Lynn Kavanagh, Mandy Murphy and Phil Callery. "We shared the stress, strain and hysterical laughter for many a long night" remembers Andy. Track Listing; Gladiators/Moreton Bay/They'll Never Believe It's True,Froggy's Jig/The Girl I Left Behind/Way Out Yonder/The Highwayman/When The Boys Are On Parade/On A Distant Shore/Born In Carrickfergus. Also available: AK1 Andy Irvine "Rain On The Roof", SHANCD79012 Planxty "The Planxty Collection".

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Phillips on 12 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been captivated for many years by the tunes, words and images from Andy Irvine's 1991 album Rude Awakening, particularly the movies it conjured in my mind. "Way Out Yonder" was recorded ten years later, and until recently, devoted Planxty fan or not, this had passed below my radar. Now, five or six playings later, I feel another love affair coming on.

Like ex-Planxty comrade Christy Moore, Irvine has carved out a personal style which is inimitable. His honest, earnest voice is ideal for the mainly self-penned songs on his albums. His musical and instrumental style is also unique. Years spent collecting and learning the tunes and rythms of the Balkans imbues his repertoire with constant surprises in tune and timing, unexpected lines and embellishments.

Andy Irvine professes a genuine and well-documented love for Woody Guthrie, and his stories are, unlike many of those of, say, Bob Dylan, true. "Gladiators", the album's first track, is in many ways pure Guthrie, though about the rise and trials of Australian socialism, and completely original. I admit to being blown away by the epic of "The Highwayman". Although the sleeve acknowledges its "trad. arr" roots and others' versions, I had not encountered it before. It's a tale in the worthy genre of someone like Martin Carthy at his best, a story of (as you'd expect) a highwayman, whose love alerts him to impending ambush by a musket shot with which she ends her own life. All in nine captivating minutes. Video for the head!

The album ends with "Born in Carrickfergus", which is the best evocation I have ever heard of growing up through Ulster's Troubles.

This album has made me think, made me laugh, gladdened and saddened my heart, and I unresevedly recommend it, whether you have ever heard of, or listened to, Andy Irvine before.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Still Excellent 28 Aug. 2001
By Scott Brennan-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The previous reviewer was a bit harsh on this record. The surprise about this record is how good it is considering the apparent demise of Irvine's band Patrick Street and what had seemed like a decline in Irvine's powers of late. I was thrilled to see a new studio solo album by Irvine and fully gratified when I heard it. Here are all of his strengths honed over a lifetime of musical exploration. Yes, Irvine continues to sing the truth about the lives of the underclass in his "old left" ballads, among the best of the songs here, I might add. That an artist champions values other than success and glamour and "winning," is still refreshing no matter how many times he sounds that string. Irvine doesn't need to break new ground to put out an excellent recording; he's done that aplenty and all of it still shines here. Despite its lack of surpise this album is still excellent. Oh yes, and I find the version of the "Highwayman" deeply moving despite myself, perhaps not for the somewhat overdramatic narrative but for the power and emotion of Irvine's voice, which still brings me to the brink even after all of these years. I guess I'm an incorrigable fan thrilled to have yet another Irvine recording after I'd long given up hope.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
in the Irvine tradition 23 April 2001
By Jerome Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Veteran Irish folk singer Andy Irvine delivers a typically accomplished recording with no surprises. As usual there are the politically oriented, occasionally preachy originals (e.g., "Gladiators") and covers (Marcus Turner's "When the Boys Are on Parade"), reflecting Irvine's sentimental Old Left sympathies. More interesting are some reworked traditional pieces. His version of "The Girl I Left Behind," with a portion of the lyrics either written or rediscovered by Irvine (his notes are not entirely clear on the point), transforms this lyric folk song/sometime march into a ballad. Another high point is the Australian convict song "Moreton Bay." Irvine's most successful original, the comic "They'll Never Believe It's True/Froggy's Jig," about a musician's encounter with fairies, takes its inspiration from any number of Irish tales ("memorates," in folklorist language) told as true. On the other hand, perhaps the world could do without yet another recording of Alfred Noyes's poem "The Highwayman" -- surely the least inspired song choice here, and more than nine minutes long at that.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Some good, some bad. 30 Jun. 2005
By Alexander C. Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Four or five of the tunes on this cd are good--such as "The Boys are on Parade," "You Wouldn't Believe it's True," "Gladiators," and maybe "Born in Carrickfergus." But other than these, the others are rather lacking. Some of the others I always skip. "The Highwayman" stinks. The others aren't memorable in the least. However, although it isn't exactly the best cd I've gotten before, a couple of these songs are of good quality. If you want to have a cd to play in the background, this would be good, but if you want real good quality cds, perhaps try Old Blind Dogs, Silly Wizard, and some of the Battlefield Band's cds.
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