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Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea *
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Album: Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ten Thousand Miles Away
2)    Ballad of O Bruadair/Out on the Ocean, The
3)    Saucy Ward
4)    Captain Coulston
5)    Granuaile
6)    Get Up, Jack, John, Sit Down/Miss Thronton's
7)    Flying Cloud, The
8)    Larry Maher's Big 5-Gallon Jar
9)    Bold McCarthy (The City of Baltimore)
10)    All for Me Grog/Parnell's March
11)    Castle Gardens (Sixty Years Ago)
12)    Lowlands Low, The
13)    River Lea, The
 

Album: Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ten Thousand Miles Away
2)    Ballad of O Bruadair/Out on the Ocean, The
3)    Saucy Ward
4)    Captain Coulston
5)    Granuaile
6)    Get Up, Jack, John, Sit Down/Miss Thronton's
7)    Flying Cloud, The
8)    Larry Maher's Big 5-Gallon Jar
9)    Bold McCarthy (The City of Baltimore)
10)    All for Me Grog/Parnell's March
11)    Castle Gardens (Sixty Years Ago)
12)    Lowlands Low, The
13)    River Lea, The
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Dan Milner (vocals); John Doyle (vocals, guitar, bouzouki); Mick Moloney (vocals, tenor banjo, mandolin); Mick Maloney, Robbie O'Connell, Susan McKeown (vocals); Joanie Madden (whistling, flute); Gabriel Donohue (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, accordion, piano); Brian Conway (fiddle).
  • Audio Mixers: Dan Milner; Gabriel Donohue.
  • Liner Note Authors: Dan Milner; Mick Moloney.
  • Recording information: Cove Island Productions, Hawthorne, NJ.
  • Editor: Gabriel Donohue.
  • Photographer: Dan Milner.
  • Although this CD is not credited to a specific artist, by most listeners' standards this would be comfortably classified as a Dan Milner album. Milner sings all 13 tracks on this collection of songs associated with the Irish seafaring life, though he does get instrumental and vocal support from a rotating cast of nine other musicians, Mick Moloney being the most notable of those. While he was born in England and has spent most of his life in North America, Milner is of Irish descent, and while music wasn't usually his full-time profession, he has done several albums of Irish music since the late '90s. One of those, in fact, was the similarly titled 1997 release Irish Ballads & Songs of the Sea. This differs in focus from that previous release, as according to Milner's liner notes, it's "an album of maritime songs from Ireland and its diaspora in which most of the central characters stand uneasy next to the law." There's not much menace and danger in his delivery of the material, however, which is warm and assured. The arrangements are low-key as well, though admirably varied, incorporating mandolin, concertina, piano, guitar, whistle, banjo, accordion, flute, bouzouki, and fiddle; Milner also goes it alone for one a cappella performance, "The Flying Cloud." Aside from offering a personal history of his own experiences as an Irish-American, Milner's notes also offer detailed accounts of the sources of the songs, as well as the real-life characters whose experiences helped shape them. ~ Richie Unterberger
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.53) - "Milner is a compelling storyteller in song, and he's brought along many of the top musicians in New York's Irish music scene to join him here."
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