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by Liam Clancy

The first of a series of compilation recordings from Ireland's most respected folk singer / storyteller.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
6:36 $0.99
2. The Roseville Fair
4:33 $0.99
3. The Irish Rover
2:54 $0.99
4. The Dutchman
5:18 $0.99
5. Sonny's Dream
4:15 $0.99
6. Red is the Rose
3:54 $0.99
7. Home from the Sea
4:58 $0.99
8. The Loch Tay Boat Song
4:56 $0.99
9. The Shoals of Herring
3:33 $0.99
10. The Streets of London
4:04 $0.99
11. The Orchard
5:04 $0.99
12. Cruisin' 'round Yarmouth
2:56 $0.99
13. Ar Eireann Ni Neosainn Ce Hi
3:44 $0.99
14. Mary Hynes
4:32 $0.99
15. Spanish is the Loving Tongue
3:39 $0.99
16. The Croppy Boy
4:08 $0.99
17. Wild Mountain Thyme
4:31 $0.99
18. The Parting Glass
3:07 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Liam is the youngest of the Clancy Brothers. He displayed an artistic disposition at an early age, while growing up in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary. While still in his teens, Liam explored writing and painting, though he was particularly drawn to the theatre. Before he was twenty years old, Liam had founded the local dramatic society and had produced, directed, set-directed, and starred in "The Playboy of the Western World". Liam had also performed at the renowned Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

In 1955,American song-collector Diane Hamilton arrived at the Clancy home while on a song-collecting tour of Ireland. Liam joined her on the trip to Keady, Co. Armagh, where they met the singer Sarah Makem and her son, Tommy. Both Liam and Tommy emigrated to America the following year, pursuing careers in acting, both on stage and television.

Liam began singing with his brothers at fund-raising events for the Cherry Lane Theatre and the Guthrie benefits. The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, began recording on Paddy Clancy's "Tradition" label in the late 50's. A record breaking 16 minute long performance on the Ed Sullivan Show launched the group into stardom. The quartet recorded numerous albums for Columbia Records and enjoyed great success during the 60's folk revival.

In 1973, Liam left the group to pursue a solo career. Hewas based in Calgary, where he became an established television performer. Liam had his own series, which won a Canadian Emmy Award. A few years later, Liam teamed up again with his old pal Tommy Makem. As Makem & Clancy, the two recorded several hits including "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" and "The Dutchman". They toured and recorded together until the late 80's.

Liam joined his brothers and nephew Robbie O'Connell in 1990, though he still performed some shows with his Fairweather Band as well as with the Phil Coulter Orchestra. From 1996-1999, Liam toured with his son, Donal Clancy, and Robbie O'Connell. The group, known as Clancy, O'Connell, & Clancy, delighted audiences across North America and Europe. They released two highly praised albums together.

Liam currently performs as a solo act at pubs, theatres, and festivals across North America and Ireland. He is also completing work on his autobiography. Liam also runs his own recording studio at his estate in Ring, Co. Waterford.



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Sandra Lowry

A gift of the heart.
Okay, I'm always enthusiastic about Liam's recordings but this is really special. Great selections like little windows in time and space that bring back wonderful memories. Liam, thanks for this one, it is like recieving a very special gift of the heart from an old and treasured friend.

neil armstrong

amazing,waltzing matilda so poinent
i dont really know how to describe it outstanding as i said waltzing matilda its so important to me coming from a military background i can relate to that song not going through exactly what he did but generally i can relate to it, but every song has a very touching story behind it i can honestly say its the best folk cd i have purchased to this date

John Freeman

Vintage Liam Clancy-wonderful as always
Many of Liam's favorite songs are also mine. His interpretaion of Bill Staines' Roseville Fair made me like it better as a slow ballad. The Dutchman, Red is the Rose, Loch Tay Boat Song and others on the two CD's have become permanent favorites because of Liam's great singing. This set is a first class demonstration of his huge talent. Many thanks, Liam, for sharing this with us.

Daniel McCormick

One of the Great Statesmen of Irish Music!
I picked up this set at the 2005 Milwaukee Irish Fest, and it was a great complement to his live set, with great recordings of "Red is the Rose", "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", and a loving rendition of "The Dutchman". You'll be shamelessly singing out loud & boisterously by the time you reach "The Wild Mountain Thyme", which is performed alongside Tommy Makem, who partnered with Liam on several albums, as well as with Paddy & Tommy Clancy when the four struck the world as "The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem". More volumes may be in the offing, so don't pass up this first collection! (It would have been absolutely perfect if there was a rendition of "The Rocky Road to Dublin"!)

Paul W. Dennis

Very Solid
The last surviving Clancy Brother still delivers ballads as effectively as anyone alive. Not his best effort (I've heard better versions of "Roseville Fair" by other singers), but sure to please his many fans


This cd is a wonderful collection of favorites. I thought the title meant they were Liam Clancy's favorites, but they would make my top twenty-five any day. Having said that, this would be a perfect collection for someone who has only heard of Clancy and wants to sample his music. It is a varied collection of traditional and modern, fast and happy, soft and tender, and some very powerful. Great service from CD Baby, too.

Tomas O Murchu

Liam Clancy
As always superb .

h j schipma

favourites 1 & 2
a wonderfull cd!

Sean Laffey

Great Stuff Liam, still life in the old dog yet.
Confession time folks I was one of the backing singers on the "Shoals of Herring" and I'm as pleased as punch the track made it to the compilation, good on you Liam.

Mind you I knew it was great track when we recorded it, (winter early in '96)we'd been putting down backing choruses all day (that's Warp 4 - we did two albums simulatneously) and we'd been struggling with some harmonies and really trying too hard to get things right and missing the point (spontaneity and living the songs). Then in comes Liam, I think it was well gone 5pm and the winter dark was already filling in Helvic Bay.

Liam steps up to the microphone and well you can hear it ,one take and it's perfect. And of course afterwards there was story to go with it and many yarn over a cup of tea in the kitchen over the studio , and later a pint or two at Mooney's in Ring, magical times, magical music.

Sean Laffey
Irish Music Magazine.

Gerry McArdle

Very enjoyable. I never had heard Liam's version of Sonny's Dream before, and thought he did a great job of it; also the Lough Tay Boat Song, although Brendan O'Dowda's recording, a staple of Raidio Eireann's Hospital Requests in the 1950s and 60s, is hard to beat. On The Croppy Boy, Liam's voice perfectly portrays loss and betrayal, but the orchestration gets in the way, as it does on the other tracks on the 1798 commemoration CD from which it comes. Ar Eireann Ni Neosainn was a pleasure to hear once again, although, as this track is taken from the Gaiety Concert CD, I was disappointed that Tommy Makem's intro reading of The Planter's Daughter was omitted. On the downside, the CDs were too short; surely 60 mins. per CD in a compilation is not unreasonable. Sleeve notes, not only about the songs but the original recordings would have been a help. The ultimate highlight of the set for me is Mary Hynes, and I would love Liam to do a recording, followed by a performance tour of the spoken word, purely and simply.
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