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Irish Music for the Soul

by Nippersink Rogues

Dance, laugh, cry, celebrate to this collection of classic Irish tunes, with each tune given it's own distinct flavor by Nippersink Rogues.
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Star of County Down
2:12 album only
2. Mary's Return
1:26 album only
3. Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?
3:49 album only
4. Whiskey, You're the Devil
2:11 album only
5. A Foggy Dew
2:17 album only
6. Did Your Mother Come From Ireland
3:01 album only
7. It's the Same Old Shillelagh
1:31 album only
8. Molly Malone
3:08 album only
9. Clancy Lowered the Boom
1:47 album only
10. The Old Man
3:53 album only
11. The Rakes of Mallow
2:08 album only
12. The Wearin' O' the Green
1:32 album only
13. Phil the Fluther's ball
1:50 album only
14. For Ireland, I'd Not Tell Her Name
2:15 album only
15. How Are Things in Glocca Morra
2:34 album only
16. Within a Mile of Clonbur
1:49 album only
17. Danny Boy
4:14 album only
18. Changing Your Demeanour
2:53 album only


Album Notes
Nippersink Rogues, Tom Steffens and Mike Knauf, have been performing for almost 20 years. Their Irish tradition began one St. Patrick’s Day night at the Old Mill Inn, hard by the right bank of the Nippersink, near Wonder Lake, IL. Since then, the Rogues venues have expanded to clubs, retirement villages, libraries—anywhere that the music that is Irish is welcome, which, of course, is everywhere. The songs on “Irish Music for the Soul” all sing and play to a tradition that is informed by gaiety and sadness, triumphs, foibles and follies, wit and wisdom. Most of all, the music embodies the love of freedom that has sustained the Irish peoples through hard political times and their dignity and sense of self worth, empowering them to breach cultural, economic and social barriers.

In addition to his love of Irish music, Tom has a passion for musical theatre. He has performed, acted as pianist or been the musical director of dozens of shows ranging from children and community to professional productions. In addition to Nippersink Rogues, Tom is currently musical director at the Congregational Unitarian Church in Woodstock, Illinois. He also appears as pianist with Jeweled Ice, an 8-voice female singing group and sings with McHenry County’s own Frothy Boys.

Mike has performed with numerous Chicago area and national artists including: Billy Eckstein, Tom Scott, Ashley Alexander, Milton Berle, Eddie Howard and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, Frank Mantooth and Pine Top Perkins. Mike continues to perform and teach woodwinds privately. In addition to playing with Nippersink Rogues, Mike is currently leader of his own jazz quartet and a member of the Park Avenue Orchestra. He also freelances with many different musical groups in the Chicago area. Mike has also recorded with Joan Hammel, The Bill O’Connell Big Band, Yves Francois, Feargal and Breda King and other artists.



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Mary O.

A Beautiful Expression of Vocal and Instrumental Irish Music
I really love the wonderful combination of vocal and instrumental music that the Nippersink Rogues present in this collection. Tom's rich voice and Mike's soaring flute bring emotion to every song. These are beautiful renditions of some songs not always often heard. This CD goes to the top of my collection!


I am in Ireland!
This is as Irish as it gets! I loved this CD so much that I sent one to my grandfather who is a direct descendant from County Mayo, Ireland. He adored it! Thank you for such great music that we don't hear often enough!!