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Canny Brothers Band

by Canny Brothers Band

Brooklyn Celtic Roots Rock
Genre: Rock: Celtic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Fields of Athenrye
3:51 $0.99
2. Sunshine Breaking Through
3:43 $0.99
3. Ride On
3:50 $0.99
4. Leaving of Liverpool
3:34 $0.99
5. Forever Yours
4:42 $0.99
6. Wild Rover
2:21 $0.99
7. Swallowtail Jig
2:35 $0.99
8. Whiskey in the Jar
4:50 $0.99
9. Shelter Bay
4:04 $0.99
10. Forever Yours (Live in Coney Island)
5:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
After years of playing bars, pubs and festivals, the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn based Canny Brothers Band have finally recorded their debut self-titled album. It features a collection of traditional Irish and original songs; roots, jamband, and classic rock influences can be heard, immersed in a spirit of improvisation the band is known for. Acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, Irish tenor banjo mix with dynamic rhythms and vocal harmonies in unique arrangements of pub classics like the Wild Rover/Swallowtail Jig and Whiskey in a Jar and CBB original favorites like Forever Yours and Sunshine (Breaking Through). The Canny Brothers Band keep a New York Irish-American tradition of good times alive....

"On their self produced, self-titled debut, the Cannys one up everyone by looking back to another century, bringing a selection of Irish folk ballads and pub songs into the 21st century...[The CBB] generate a powerful folky sound that works exceptionally well with Irish standards as well as their classic rock inspired jams." David Schultz,

IRFT describes us as..."A little Pogues, throw in The Band and the Dead, add a touch of the Dubliners..and you are getting close!"....IRFT Internet Radio (Celtic Radio From The Heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains) added our ENTIRE ALBUM to their playlist and added us to the "New Artists Showcase".



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Kyle Colona

A Giant Steppe for the CBB
After a long wait, the Brothers Canny make their recording debut with a solid effort that accurately reflects their live sound. While the focus is on traditional Irish songs, their influences goes beyond that idiom, and the original tunes fit in well. One can quibble over the version of "Whiskey in the Jar" - I would've preferred a version closer to the Pogues or that of Garcia/Grisman, and closing with a live cut of a song already on the disc - here another jig or reel may have served them better, this is a very solid effort and since the Band has been at it for a long while, thru various incarnations as different front men fell by the wayside, this disc and the band deserve your support. Hoorah for the Canny's, buy em a round when their in your town!

Jay McManus

Great CD
Really enjoy these guys- great CD


love it!
I didn't get the whole cd but i wish i had! the songs i got are great: forever yours, leaving of liverpool, fields of athenrye, and shelter bay..

Thomas E. Harkins

It's Been a Long Time Coming, and Well Worth the Wait!
The Canny Brothers Band

"It's been a long time coming, it's going to be a long time gone."
Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

Good things, the saying goes, come to those who wait. The Canny Brothers Band has been around for many a long year, playing raucous live shows in Brooklyn bars for nearly a quarter of a century while their appreciative fans badgered them to record a CD. Throughout the years, the core of the band has remained the Brothers Canny: Stephen, Thomas and Michael, along with drummer Dean Russo and a veritable parade of lead vocalists. The vocalists have varied widely in terms of their talents and individual styles, but for various reasons, none of them ever fully captured or embodied the spirit of the band. None, that is, until Keith Fallon came along. Patience has finally been rewarded. Those who purchase the band's long-awaited self-titled debut, The Canny Brothers Band, will no doubt share in the hope that the next recording will arrive a good deal sooner.
Let us put the matter into historical perspective. Inventors had been working on the problem of sound recording since 1807, when the Englishman Thomas Young first "picked up sound vibrations with a stylus that traced their amplitude on a smoke-blackened cylinder", but it wasn't until seventy years later that Thomas Edison patented his first "speaking machine." The first words recorded in Edison's workshop on that day in 1877 were the lyrics to a song: "Mary had a little lamb. Its fleece was white as snow." One hundred and thirty years have passed, and countless years' worth of music and song have been preserved in ever-evolving recorded forms.
This may seem like a long period of time, but it pales in comparison to the history of music itself. Many communication scholars believe that music, or at least that intrinsically human sense of rhythm that became music, may predate speech itself. According to noted musicologist (and attorney!) David Schulz, some of the traditional Irish songs featured on The Canny Brothers Band long predate Edison. In a review of the CD on his website,, Schulz calls our attention to the fact that some of these songs are centuries old. That they survive at all is a testament to the men and women, poets, minstrels and troubadors who have passed them down from generation to generation, so that we may enjoy them today.
With The Canny Brothers Band's lively interpretations of traditional songs like "Leaving of Liverpool" and "Whiskey in the Jar," enjoy them we do. Any way you slice it, The Canny Brothers Band has been worth the wait. If "Liverpool" doesn't inspire one to sing along, then I can't imagine what would. Though many people have played it over the years, the CBB version of "Whiskey" rivals the Thin Lizzy version, which is among my all-time favorites. The other traditional pieces here are paired to form an excellent segue from "Wild Rover" into "Swallowtail Jig." All of these tracks sound so vibrant, so alive, that the listener is almost compelled to play them while standing, hoisting a glass of beer - or other suitable libation - to the heavens. Under the category of credited cover songs, the set features Pete St. John's "Fields of Athenrye" and Jimmy McCarthy's "Ride On." The opening track, "Fields," is a staple of the CBB's live shows, and showcases Mike Canny on mandolin, along with some nicely executed vocal harmonies.
Interspersed with the cover songs and traditional Irish songs, there are three original tunes penned by the youngest Brother, lead vocalist Keith Fallon. The first, "Sunshine Breaking Through" is a happy song by any measure, evoking the optimism of youth and the wisdom that comes with age. Different people will interpret songs in different ways, of course. For me, the "sunshine breaking through" always calls to mind the sun rising over the horizon and looking down upon revelers who discover they've stayed out just a bit later than they'd intended to - again! "Forever Yours" is a classic rock n' roll ballad that calls to mind the spirit of a noteworthy CBB influence, U2. The band showcases "Forever Yours" by closing the CD with a second version, recorded live at Peggy O'Neil's Coney Island, which demonstrates their musical versatility; their songs evolve as needed to suit the context. The third original, "Shelter Bay," begins with a bouncy bass guitar intro and features the burly frontman at his most introspective and nostalgic. The song is an homage to Keith's beloved grandfather and a place he dearly loved, Shelter Bay.
Perhaps this illustrates the true beauty of recorded music. You or I, as listeners, may never have walked the fields of Athenrye; we may never have spent a night on Shelter Bay, sitting by the feet of Keith's grandfather as he regaled us with tales of his youth; some among us may never have raised a pint of stout and sang along to "Wild Rover" at a Brooklyn pub, but this CD gives us all an opportunity to share in those experiences - and many, many more. Like all CDs, this one captures a moment, or a series of moments, in time. It tells a part of a story, but not the whole story. If you want to employ the metaphor of a window, this CD would be like a window looking into a house with many, many rooms. The window only affords a view of one room, but somehow you know, with a fair degree of certainty, that there are many other rooms in the house to explore, just beyond the range of your vision. It is in that spirit that I heartily recommend this CD to all who appreciate good quality music, be it newly penned songs, carefully selected covers, or traditional tunes dating back to centuries long past. This CD will provide you an introduction to an extraordinary Brooklyn band with a lengthy history and a vast repertoire of material. It is also quite likely that listening to it will cause you to attend one of The Canny Brothers Band's upcoming live shows, and start pestering them for more. (Say, Steve, when's the next CD coming out?!)

Mark Higgins

Great CD - Love these guys - Who is this Kyle Guy?
I picked up this CD at the Canny Brothers Band release party at Three Jolly Pigeons. I have seen these guys a number of times. This CD is an excellent representation of this unique band. The originals are exceptional - 'Forever Yours' being my favorite- there is a studio and a great live version included. They also have an out-of-the-ordinary take on the traditional Irish tunes - Wild Rover and Fields of Athenye are solid rock influenced versions unlike any I have heard. Swallowtail Jig is an excellent Dead-tinged Irish music instrumental. Their take on Thin Lizzy's classic version of Whiskey in a Jar high on my list. No one out there does what these guys do - their live shows include full acoustic and electric sets with Pogues, Wolfetones covers, extended electric jams, country, classic rock, great originals. Buy the CD and see them live - you will have fun!