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The Irish Volunteer

by David Kincaid

"One of the most emotionally credible Civil War recordings ever made, as well as a superb, irresistibly melodic Irish folk recording (Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe)." Features the great traditional musicians Liz Knowles, Jerry O'Sullivan and John Whelan.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Irish Volunteer
4:35 $0.99
2. Boys That Wore the Green
4:00 $0.99
3. The Opinions of Paddy Magee
3:37 $0.99
4. The Boys of the Irish Brigade
3:11 $0.99
5. Paddy's Lamentation
5:26 $0.99
6. The Irish Volunteer, No. 2
4:21 $0.99
7. My Father's Gun
3:10 $0.99
8. Meagher Is Leading the Irish Brigade
5:35 $0.99
9. Free and Green
4:15 $0.99
10. The Harp of Old Erin and Banner of Stars
3:44 $0.99
11. The List of Generals
3:58 $0.99
12. Pat Murphy of Meagher's Brigade
4:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
"THE IRISH VOLUNTEER-Songs of the Irish Union Soldier, 1861-1865 is one of the most emotionally credible Civil War recordings ever made, as well as a superb, irresistibly melodic Irish folk recording (Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe)" – is what critics are saying about this collection of twelve songs from the American Civil War, centering on the Union army's famed "Irish Brigade," recruited and commanded by Brigadier General Thomas F. Meagher. The album is the product of years of research, including Civil War reenacting, and seven months of arranging and recording. Great care was taken to give the album an authentic, 19th century feel and sound, from the use of period style instruments and vocal harmonies, to the enlisting of some of the finest musicians in Irish traditional music.

The principle musicians include the young genius Liz Knowles on fiddle (Riverdance, The John Whelan Band), brilliant uilleann piper and Shanachie recording artist Jerry O'Sullivan, and the great John Whelan (seven time All-Ireland champion and Narada recording artist) on Irish button accordion. The recording was produced, engineered, and arranged by David Kincaid, a veteran recording artist himself, having made seven albums with roots-rockers The Brandos, who also sings the lead and harmony vocals, and plays the guitar, banjo, mandolin and bodhrán.

The album is not just great music, but a complete historical package, including a 35 page booklet with complete lyrics,- Civil War period graphics (many previously unpublished), and a brief history and liner notes by noted historian Joseph G. Bilby, author of several books on the Civil War, including the definitve history of the Irish Brigade: "Remember Fontenoy! The 69th New York And The Irish Brigade In The Civil War." (Longstreet House, ISBN No. 0-944413-37-4).

The Boston Globe, May 22, 1998
"...a riveting new recording of Irish-American Civil War songs, most unheard for a century or more...."Kincaid is a grand singer with a whiskey baritone full of fine gravel and crackling emotion;"...."'The Irish Volunteer' is one of the most emotionally credible Civil War recordings ever made, as well as a superb, irresistibly melodic Irish folk recording." (Scott Alarik)

The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland), September 29, 1998
"Had David Kincaid not come along with zeal and a passion to bring them [the songs] to light again, who knows how long it might have taken to uncover this segment of Irish-American history?"...."Stirring stuff." (Dick Hogan)

Irish Music Magazine (Ireland, US), November, 1998
"...a reenactor who had tunneled his way through enough research for a Ph.D., it is not surprising that Kincaid strove for authenticity in the recording studio"...."The inclusion of traditional musicians gives Kincaid's CD strong musical values and move it from the category of a historical restoration to a lively and enjoyable recording." (William H.A. Williams)

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 6, 1998
"...an amazing new album of Irish battle songs dating to the Civil War." (Gene Stout)

The Irish Echo (New York, NY), March 11-17, 1998
"...an evocative collection traditional Irish battle songs from the American Civil War." (Earl Hitchner)

The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA), March 13,1998
"Musicologists and historians--amateur and professional--owe David Kincaid a thank-you note...Rich and resonant, 'The Irish Volunteer' is living history." (Craig Shapiro)

The Irish Voice (New York), April 14, 1998
"Forget 'Ashokan Farwell.' This is the real sound of the music--specifically the Irish music--of the American Civil War"...."David Kincaid's sturdy singing and guitar playing brings these long neglected songs back to life after more that a century of neglect." (Don Meade)

Civil War Times (US), June 1998
..."50 minutes of music you won't soon forget"...."Listening to Kincaid's music, one can easily understand why so many Irishmen fought so hard; sing-along tunes like these just might get your blood boiling." (Jeff Clouser).

Irish American News, (Chicago, IL), June 1998
"Musically, 'The Irish Volunteer' will delight fans of traditional Celtic music"...."sure to capture the attention of history buffs and Celtic music fans alike."

Roots World (The Online Magazine Of Roots And Folk)
..."Kincaid's tribute to these brave soldiers is a valiant effort that succeeds in every detail." (Ryan MacMichael)

The Gael (California), July 1998
"Kincaid has just the right voice--hearty, sharp, but not too robust--to carry off these songs"...

The Irish Herald (California), July 1998
"Kincaid has treated these songs with the respect and reverence they deserve"...."he has good reason to be proud of the results"..."'The Irish Volunteer' CD should be added to the collection of every Irish-American." (Barry Mullis)

The Desert Shamrock (Arizona), April 1998
"This is the finest work of its kind that I have had the pleasure of listening to"...."an absolute gem"...."Kincaid's lead and harmony vocals alone are worth the price of the album"...."Kincaid's excellent arrangements make the music very interesting, memorable and easy to listen to." (Dr. Peter Rolland)

Music Matters, Issue 9, 1998
"Now we have David Kincaid's fine collection of songs ".... "His voice is perfect and his arrangements and instrumentation, simple and well balanced"...."this is a CD detailing a little known point in American history that is simply delightful in its content and delivery." (C.P. Donahue)

America's Civil War (US) September, 1998
"...The Irish Volunteer is an enlightening and entertaining slice of American history." (Jon Guttman)

Dirty Linen (US), Dec./Jan., '98-'99
"David Kincaid, a Civil War reenactor and a fine singer, has pulled together 12 songs written about and popular among the 160,000 Irish-born soldiers who fought to preserve the Union"...."the result is a fine piece of work." (BEB)



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