The Clancy Brothers
Except for their trademark Aran sweaters, you might have mistaken the Clancy Brothers for a bunch of dock-working thugs -- until they raised their voices, that is. This clan of singing Irish emigres helped catalyze the Greenwich Village folk scene and eventually became one of the most popular singing groups in the world. Enlisting the services of teetotaler friend Tommy Makem, the Clancys inaugurated the Ballad Revival of the 1950s, a trend that rescued from obscurity the old songs of Ireland at a time when England was doing everything in its power to quash Irish nationalism. The movement made it respectable again for folks to identify with working-class songs and their Irish heritage. Intentionally or not, the Clancy Brothers reawakened people's awareness of class issues and social injustice and helped precipitate the political folk movement of the '60s. Of course, the group was never uni-dimensionally political; they're most fondly remembered for their rowdy drinking songs, after all. Not content to merely sing their odes to John Barleycorn (songs like "Nancy Whiskey" and "The Parting Glass"), they assailed them with booming voices that brim over with excitement. Listening... See More
The Clancy Brothers Concert Films
Live at The Ulster Hall Belfast
The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
Runtime: 50 minA balance of old Irish music favorites and a live show make up this hour long home video featuring interviews and concert footage. Filmed at the group's reunion concert at UIster Hall in Northern Island, the filmed performance highlights the traditional folk act's lively talent and dedication to recreating the spirited, indigenous songs of their Irish homeland.
Courage and Patience and Grit
Great Big Sea
Runtime: 1 hrSince they emerged in the early 90s, Newfoundland's own Great Big Sea have gradually consolidated a reputation as one of the greatest neo-Celt bands, from anywhere in the Six Nations or, as in this case, beyond. Drawing upon their homeland's strong Irish and Scottish ancestry and centuries-old seafaring heritage, they have fashioned a roistering, danceable sound and a live presence not unlike a bar-band but operating on a massive scale. But for all their good-time, party-hearty extroversion, they also demonstrate a rare affinity for love songs and more introspective types of material. Recorded in spectacular sound before adoring audiences, this "kitchen party," as one band member described it, is at once intimate and grand, folkloric and modern, acoustic and electric. Traditional instruments like fiddle, tin whistle, accordion are fused seamlessly with electric guitars and trap drums, plus tight and charismatic lead and harmony vocals, creating a spiraling energy that takes the crowd by storm and hurtles from living room speakers like a conquering wave.
A New Journey: Live At Slane Castle
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minLive at Slane Castle, Ireland was recorded this past August at Slane Castle in County Meath, Ireland, the home of Lord Henry Mount Charles- a gorgeous location that has also hosted concerts by U2 and Bruce Springsteen. The 80-minute, 25-track concert draws on material from both their self-titled debut CD and A New Journey.
Live in Dublin
The High Kings
Runtime: 1 hr 7 minThe outstanding 4-part vocal harmonies of this Irish ballad group directed by David Downes are backed up by a band of world-class musicians including Martin O'Connor, Nollaig Casey, Dave Keery, Paul Moore, Ewan Cowley, and "Bongo Bob" Harris who performs
Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions
Runtime: 2 hrThis historic live concert film from the Ryman features over 2 hours of music, behind-the-scenes interviews and more. Special guest stars include Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Tim O'Brien, more.