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Excellent evocation of the spirit of mass emigration
on 17 July 2004
A soundtrack, but don't let that put you off. This is a compelling mix of arrangements and emotion that evokes the spirit of the mass emigration from Ireland beginning with the famine.
Stand-outs for me - in the good sense - are a sensational 'Skibbereen' from Sinead O'Connor and 'Where you at the Rock?' from the (Norwegian?) singer Sissel. Both might sound unlikely successes but are spine-tinglers in the way they get to the painful and yet somehow lyrical core of the experience. Liam O Maonlai's 'White Potatoes' is also very good.
And then you also have Elvis Costello, Van the Man, Mary Black and the Chieftains - but don't think this is a purely commercial recording filled up with big stars. Excellent stuff.