Friday, October 26, 2007

by bluenorther #13

Jimmy MacCarthy "The Dreamer" 1994

bluenorther said...
Thanks to Gerry

FolkWorld Article:
"Ride on, see you, I could never go with you, no matter how I wanted to." - Jimmy MacCarthy still vividly remembers a Christy Moore gig at Connoly Hall, Cork, when, in 1984, he all of a sudden realised that he had landed his first hit. Released on Christy's new album just a few days before, "Ride On" had immediately caught on. So that night Jimmy, born and bred in Cork himself, unexpectedly found himself between hundreds of fellow Corkmen and Corkwomen whom he could watch moving their lips as one, knowing the words to the tune by heart.

Ever since, Jimmy MacCarthy has written over a thousand songs, many of them modern classics like "Ride On", his best-known composition still. Even so, the one-time apprentice to Ballydoyle, Ireland's legendary racing stable, has remained a "personal tip" to date. This, of course, is due mainly to the fact that many of his songs were made popular by Irish fellow artists such as Christy Moore (who recorded "Missing You", "Bright Blue Rose" and "Mystic Lipstick", too) or Mary Black ("Katie", "No Frontiers", "Adam at the Window"). However, if this has earned him the honorary title of "one-man song-writing industry", it also explains why, up to AD 2002, Jimmy MacCarthy has released no more than two albums of his own, The Song of the Singing Horseman (1991) and The Dreamer (1994). These records have situated him firmly within the Irish singer/songwriter tradition, which has earned a place in its own right somewhere in the middle between "international" rock and "purist" trad music, the extreme points marked most distinctively by U2 on the one side and bands like Altan on the other.

01. Adam at the Window
02. Shadowy
03. Lorraine
04. The Highest Point
05. The Perfect Present
06. No Frontiers
07. The Carrier Of Scandal
08. Harlem
09. Wonder Child
10. The Morning of the Dreamer
11. Sacred Places
12. Adam Reprise

1 Comments:

Blogger Ailis said...

Thanks for this one, I didn't know it yet, great music !!! :-))

27 October, 2007 05:51  

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