Friday, October 02, 2009

MacMurrough

Merry & Fine (1978)



MacMurrough, now comprised of Mary Kavanagh (nee ONeill) and Paul Kavanagh recorded their third album Merry & Fine in Dublin and Wexford in Autumn 1977. Released early in 1978 on Polydor Ireland pressing was limited to 500 copies. Their sublime male/female vocal harmonies reign with Paul and Mary accompanying themselves on guitars, dulcimer, whistle, concertina and bodhran. Merry & Fine features a mix of traditional and contemporary material from the Irish, English, Scottish and Breton folk repertoires. Local songs from their native Wexford include The Wexford Fishing Song, Buncloudy, Lowlands Low, The Croppy Boy and Boulavogue the latter two from the 1798 rebellion. Breton Dance/Musical Priest highlighted links between Irish and Breton traditional music while Ian Campbells The Old Mans Tale is bitingly contemporary. MacMurroughs performances on Merry & Fine blended the enthusiasm of Carrick River with the sophistication of MacMurrough, A powerfully vibrant consistent album, Merry & Fine seals MacMurroughs fate as one of the lesser known legends of the Irish Acid folk canon.

Tracks:
01. Rosemary Fair
02. Bunclody
03. Oh That The Wars Were Over
04. Boulavogue
05. The Croppy Boy
06. Little Drummer Boy
07. Lizzie Jefferies' Jig
08. The Lowlands Low
09. The Verdant Braes Of Screen
10. Breton Dance & Musical Priest
11. The Wexford Fishing Song
12. The Old Man's Tale
13. Follow Me Up To Carlow
14. Duan Deorai


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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful, in my opinion one of the best albums of the period.

03 October, 2009 00:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This shouldn't be available here. It can easily be found on CD - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Merry-Fine-MacMurrough/dp/B000MXOV64/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1254501171&sr=1-6.

03 October, 2009 01:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RapidShare link has been blocked due to "illegal content".

03 October, 2009 07:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rats, the do-gooders strike again!

05 October, 2009 10:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Rats, the do-gooders strike again!'

Jeez, some of the members of the no-pay generation really do take the biscuit!

13 October, 2009 01:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the rapidshare blocked the file?....anymore dl link?

17 October, 2009 09:54  

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