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Tommy Makem: Discography
Anthologies: Previously Released Tracks


Greatest Folksingers of the Sixties
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  • Greatest Folksingers of the Sixties
    • 1972 - Vanguard VSD 17/18 LP (x2)

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  • LP One (VSD-17): Great Artists from the Vanguard Folk Catalogue
    Side One
    1. Ian & Sylvia — You Were On My Mind
    2. Now That The Buffalo's Gone — Buffy Sainte Marie with Art Davis, bass; Musical supervision by Elmer Jared Gordon
    3. Walk Right In — The Roof Top Singers
    4. East Virginia — Joan Baez with Fred Hellerman, 2nd guitar
    5. Old Blue — Cisco Houston
    6. I Feel Like I'm Fixin'to Die — Country Joe & The Fish, Produced by Samuel Charters
    7. John Henry — Odetta
    8. Pack Up Your Sorrows — Richard And Mimi Farina
  • Side Two
    1. There But For The Fortune — Phil Ochs
    2. Violets Of The Dawn — Eric Andersen with Debbie Green, 2nd Guitar
    3. Sitting On Top Of The World — Doc Watson, Musical supervision by Ralph Rinzler
    4. Traveling Riverside — John Hammond with Billy Butler, James Spruill, John Hammond, electric guitar; Jimmy Lewis, Fender electric bass; Bobby Donaldson, drums; John Hammond, harmonica
    5. House Of The Rising Sun — Jack Elliott
    6. Crazy Worlds-Crazy Tune — Jim Kweskin And The Jug Band
    7. Candy Man & — Mississippi John Hurt Production supervised by Patrick Sky
    8. Erie Canal — The Weavers
  • LP Two (VSD-18): Highlights of the Newport Folk Festivals
    Side One
    1. Greenland Whale Fisheries — Judy Collins & Theodore Bikel with Bill Lee, bass
    2. Well Well Well — Bob Gibson & Hamilton Camp with Bob Gibson, banjo; Dick Rosmini, guitar; Herb Brown, bass
    3. Rambling Boy — Tom Paxton, Introduction by Pete Seeger
    4. La Bamba — Jose Feliciano
    5. Virgin Mary Had One Son — Joan Baez & Bob Gibson, Accompaniment by Bob Gibson, guitar; Bill Lee, bass
    6. Salty Dog Blues — Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs with the Foggy Mountain Boys (Curly Sechler, mandolin; Paul Warren, fiddle; Uncle Josh, dobro guitar; Cousin Jake, bass fiddle)
    7. Blowin' In The Wind — Bob Dylan & Friends
  • Side Two
    1. I Wish I Had Answered — The Staple Singers
    2. Ballad Of Springhill — Peggy Seeger & Ewan MacColl with Peggy Seeger, banjo
    3. Mellow Down Easy — Paul Butterfield Blues Band
    4. I Got It — Chambers Brothers
    5. The Whistling Gypsy Tommy Makem with Pete Seeger, banjo; Eric Weissberg, guitar
    6. Roll In My Sweet Babys Arms — The New Lost Ramblers
    7. Paper Of Pins — Oscar Brand & Jean Richie
    8. East Virginia Blues — Pete Seeger

  • Credits
    • All songs on VSD-17 Produced by Maynard Solomon except as otherwise noted.
    • Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs appear in this album through courtesy of Columbia Records, and we wish to thank Columbia Records for its cooperation in permitting Bob Dylan to appear in this historic documentary.
    • The New Lost City Ramblers and Pete Seeger appear in this album by courtesy of Folkways Records.
    • Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl appear through arrangement with Folkways Records and Riverside Records.
    • Bob Gibson appears through courtesy of Riverside Records.
    • Tom Makem appears by courtesy of Tradition Records.
    • We wish to thank Elektra Records by whose courtesy Tom Paxton, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Theodore Bikel and Judy Collins appear.
    • We thank RCA Victor for the inclusion of Jose Feliciano.
    • VANGUARD RECORDING SOCIETY, INC. 71 West 23rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10010

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A Feast Of Irish Folk
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  • A Feast Of Irish Folk
    • 1977 - Polydor 2475 605 LP

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  • Side Two
    1. Lonesome Boatman — The Fureys & Davey Arthur
    2. Yarmouth Town — Planxty
    3. Silver in the Stubble Dublin City Ramblers
    4. Fiddlers Green — Wolfe Tones
    5. Bunch of Thyme — Christy Moore
    6. The Shores of Lough Bran — De Dannan
    7. Gentle Annie — Tommy Makem
    8. The Banks of Claudy — Monroe

Sleeve Notes

The tradition of Irish folklore and music is one of the oldest in Western Europe. Having come through centuries of domination, hardship, depression and famine and seen her sons scatter to all corners of the world her music is descriptive of the sorrow, resurrection and joy of the many and various episodes of history, some written and many to be found only through her music. This album does not intend to portray that history, but merely takes a selection of some of the most popular tunes of the last decade.

Planxty: Out of the wealth of tradition in Ireland a group of specialists came together in the early seventies and called themselves Planxty. Their first single "Cliffs of Doneen" quickly became a best seller and set them on the road to repeated success. In the space of a few years they made three albums which coloured the interpretation of Irish traditional music and won audiences all round Europe.

Spud: This is the newest group of Celtic-Folk-Rock bands to break the international barriers. Ever since they released "The Wind In The Willows" in October 1974 they have continued to gain fame around Europe.

Phil Coulter: Phil is the contemporary writer who has written Eurovision winning songs, has nurtured pop groups and can easily write an earthy song about his hometown.

The Fureys & Davey Arthur: A Dublin family of folk musicians so steeped in tradition that it goes back generations. Their father, Ted Furey, is known and respected around the four corners of Ireland and in folk circles throughout Europe. The brothers, Finbar and Eddie have been entertaining and making albums for more than ten years while the younger brothers, George and Paul with Davey Arthur (a young Scot) had their own group "The Buskers" around Europe until they all came together in 1976. Between them they have resurrected many old traditional songs and have lately developed into pop ballads highlighting contemporary folk material.

Christy Moore: Christy is one of the outstanding characters of the Irish music scene. He is a true balladeer with a warmth and mellowness of voice to soothe the sternest and enrapture everyone with his interpretation. Christy was one of the stalwarths of Planxty who embarked on a solo career when they disbanded.

DeDanann: Based in Spiddal, the focal point of the Connemara Gaeltacht, this group is a unique combination of the traditional music styles of Galway and Kerry. They inherit a cool and impeccable style which is a refreshing addition to the traditional musical culture that still thrives in Ireland.

Wolfe Tones: For the past five years The Wolfe Tones have been voted Top Folk Group by a National Irish Magazine and in a country steeped in folk that is no mean achievement. The secret of their success is not really a secret as everybody interested in this sort of music knows they play it and sing it to perfection. The Wolfe Tones are folk singers in the true sense of the word, they sing the songs of the people past and present.

Tommy Makem: The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem are known in many parts of the world as the team who made Irish music popular in America. When they disbanded some years ago Tommy devoted his efforts to a solo singing career which gave him time to write many Irish folk songs.

Munroe: A duo Michael Hanley and Michael O'Domhnaill made one outstanding album "Celtic Folk-weave" before going their seperate ways. The former to travel and the latter became part of the now international Bothy Band.

Dublin City Ramblers: As their name suggests they are Dubliners steeped in the Ballad and Folk tradition who have delighted audiences all over the country. Because of their raucous interpretation they portray a different style which adds further to the wealth of Irish folklore.

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Another Feast of Irish Folk
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  • Another Feast of Irish Folk
    • 1980 - Polydor EYETV1 LP (UK)
    • 1980 - Polydor MIM-1-8308 LP (Canada)
    • 1980 - Peters International PLD 2074 LP (US)
    • 1980 - Polydor 2904 016 LP (Ireland)

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  • Side One
    1. Snowy Breasted Pearl Wolfe Tones
    2. The Green Fields Of France The Fureys & Davy Arthur
    3. The Boys Of Fairhill Jimmy Crowley
    4. Seven Drunken Nights The Dubliners
    5. Pretty Peg/Craig's Pipes — The Bothy Band
    6. Shipyard Slips — The Fureys & Davey Arthur
    7. Johnny Cope Song and Hornpipe Planxty
    8. Weila Weila Waile — The Dubliners
  • Side Two
    1. The Rare Oul Times Danny Doyle
    2. Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down? — Jimmy Crowley & Stokers Lodge
    3. Glenbeigh Hornpipe/Mountain Lark/The Musical Priest — De Danann
    4. Tipping It Up To Nancy Christy Moore
    5. The Kid On The Mountain/An Phis Fhiliuch (Slip Jigs) — Planxty
    6. The Boys Of Killybegs — Tommy Makem
    7. Thios Chois Na Tra Domh — Clannad
    8. Lanigans Ball The Bards

Sleeve Notes

Few, if any, countries can vibrant national folk memory, match Ireland's tradition of folk music. From times immemorial, songs and music song, was greatly enhanced in were sung and played at wakes and weddings, hearth and home, markets and crossroad gatherings. In fact, wherever people came together.

Many colourful "characters" emerged as balladeers and musicians. Their compositions covered every subject under the sun-love, war, triumphs, tragedies, acts of man and nature, local events and people. The songs and ballads were carefully passed down from generation to generation to become part of a proud and vibrant national folk memory.

The safe preservation of this vast store of folk music and song, was greatly enhanced in vast store of folk music and recent decades by the advances in recording techniques. Similarly, advances in communication helped the rise of many Irish folk singers and ballad groups to both national and international fame.

In 1977, Polydor compiled an LP which featured many of the best under the title "A Feast of Irish Folk". It became one of the most prized folk albums of all time and also a best-seller in Europe and the U.S.A. This album is another welcome compilation of the most popular ballads around Ireland. We trust you will enjoy it every bit as much as its great predecessor.

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Stars and Songs of Ireland
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  • Stars and Songs of Ireland
    • 1980 - Hawk HALP 139 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Rose Of Moray — Johnny McEvoy
    2. Killyburn Brae — Tommy Makem
    3. Turfman From Ardee — Dermot O'Brien
    4. Banks Of Claudy — The Johnstons
    5. Shores Of Amerikay — The Broadsiders
    6. Bantry Bay — Brian Byrne
    7. God Save Ireland The Dublin City Ramblers
    8. Isle Of Inishfree — John Kelly
    9. Home To Mayo — Mary Connolly
    10. Blarney Stone — The McTaggerts
    11. Come By The Hills — Anne Byrne
  • Side Two
    1. Come To The Bower — Dermot O'Brien
    2. Curragh Of Kildare — The Johnstons
    3. Leitrim Queen — Johnny McEvoy
    4. My Lagan Love — Tommy Makem
    5. One Morning In May — Emmet Spiceland
    6. Avondale — Anne Byrne
    7. Ní Fheicfear Níos Mó Thúu — Paddy Joe O'Donnell
    8. Waxies Dargle — The Dublin City Ramblers
    9. Rocks Of Bawn — The Broadsiders
    10. Grá Mo Chroí — McGloughlin
    11. Enniskillen Dragoons The Ludlows

Sleeve Notes

This album contains a selection of well known songs & ballads from the halcyon days of Irish Folk Music. Amongst the artistes featured are such household names as the redoubtable Tommy Makem, Anne Byrne and Johnny McEvoy and two groups who well and truly left their hallmark on Irish Folksong; The Johnstons and the Emmet Spiceland. The Dublin City Ramblers who are synonymous with all things Dublin have two titles included. Dermot O'Brien and a host of other well known names are here to give you a feast of Irish Music and Song.

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O’Flaherty's Rescue
w/Tommy Makem, Robbie O'Connell & Aoife Clancy
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  • O’Flaherty's Rescue
    • 2005 - Tarrtála Records 522463 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Hard Times Come Again No More Cherish the Ladies
    2. The Man from Connemara Robbie O'Connell
    3. The Long Woman's Grave — Tommy Makem
    4. Hallowed Ground Eric Bogle
    5. Blarney Roses Danny Doyle
    6. Newtown/ Hamilton Fair set — Sean Quinn
    7. The Lakes of Pontchartrain — Mary Courtney
    8. Shannon Road — Gabriel Donohue
    9. Woman of the House set — Donna Long
    10. Summertime Is Coming (Oro') Aoife Clancy
    11. Siochain san Domhain — Danny O'Flaherty
    12. Geese in the Bog set Tannahill Weavers
    13. Gaelic mouth music — Fiona Kennedy
    14. Creel of Perches set — Brian Conway
    15. Blow the Candle Out/ Bangbrollaigh reel — Karen Mal
    16. My Heaven — Laurie McClain
    17. Parting Glass — Danny Quinn
    18. Those Saints — Black 47

Notes

"A compilation by some of the finest Irish musicians in America, who have offered their music in support of Danny O'Flaherty and his work in supporting, preserving, and advancing the culture of the Celtic nations."

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