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Tall Tales and Fond Farewells

by The Spirited Lads

A great album of upbeat and fun Irish drinking songs! Suitable for both fulltime and weekend Irish ;-) Recorded by Arizona's premier and funnest Irish Pub band and recommended by St. Patrick himself!! Tall Tales and Fond Farewells
Genre: Folk: Drinking Songs
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Farewell to Erin
2:24 $0.99
2. Black Velvet Band
3:41 $0.99
3. Whiskey in the Jar
3:14 $0.99
4. Goodbye Mick
2:26 $0.99
5. Reels
3:55 $0.99
6. Old Maid in the Garrett
2:40 $0.99
7. The Old Triangle
2:06 $0.99
8. Culchi Lad
3:20 $0.99
9. Jigs
3:12 $0.99
10. The Chandler's Shop
1:38 $0.99
11. Pirate Dan
3:06 $0.99
12. Come out Ye Black and Tans
2:42 $0.99
13. Joe Batt's Arm Longliners
4:16 $0.99
14. Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore
5:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Spirited Lads consists of Irish, American & Irish American musicians and singers who live and gig in Phoenix, AZ.
Tall Tales and Fond Farewells is their follow up to their 2016 self titled debut album.
They gig regularly in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. They are known for their raucous, energetic and fun performances. Crowd participation is mandatory!

The band draws inspiration from legendary Irish bands such as the Dubliners, Wolfe Tones and the Clancy Brothers. These bands sing the songs written by the ordinary Irish folk (hence the name Folk Songs) and by singing these songs these artists keep alive the history and culture that is embedded within the lyrics.

The Spirited Lads seek to continue this tradition into the next generation.

It's not all about the history though - a huge part of Irish music tradition is fun and mischief (check out track 10 the Chandler's Shop for a bit of mischief) and another essential ingredient is the connection between the band and the audience (check out the enthusiastic 'heys' on track 8 Culchi Lad - these were recorded at a live gig in the Irish Wolfhound bar in Surprise, AZ).

The lads are all fine singers too and are affectionately (tongue firmly in cheek) known to some of their fans as 'the Beatles' due to their plentiful and lush three part vocal harmonies.

Nobody really understands how this fine fountain of Irish music sprung up in the fiery heat of the Arizona desert, the unlikeliest of places for Irish music!

The Band:
Dublin native and singer / banjo player Dave McDerry who spent many years entertaining crowds in the world famous Temple Bar Pub in Dublin, Ireland before his move to the US. Dave has shared the stage with members of renowned Irish bands such as the Wolfe Tones, the Fureys and the Young Dubliners.

The big guy playing the tiny mandolin is Tim, who hails from California.
Tim played in various rock bands before getting into Irish music to explore the Musical heritage of his ancestors.

The bossy beardy one is Jim, a native Arizonan. Jim traded the saxophone for the Irish flute and whistle.
He claims he is renowned for his crisp vocal harmonies and we don't disagree! Jim is also a saxophone major and plays a bit of sax on the album track Joe Batt's Arm Longliners

On lead and rhythm guitar we have Albie D.
Albie is easily recognizable on stage due to the stylish derby hat that he sports while rocking out with the lads.

And last but by no means least we have Papa 'the legend' John on bass.
John is a big fan of the sailing themed songs as it reminds him of the years he spent on a longliner as a shark fisherman.

Special mention for Bonnie Higgins who contributed her fine fiddle playing to this album.



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